Mens Ceremony by Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri
Title: Mens Ceremony
Medium: Acrylic on Board
Size: 55x32 cm
Artist: Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri
This artwork was painted in 1982. The iconography depicted represents the ceremonial places associated with the area of Mount Denison, situated to the north west of Papunya in Central Australia. The custodians of this Dreaming are the Tjapaltjarri and Tjungurrayi skin groups
In men's ceremony, the elders prepare the ceremonial ground, supervise the painting of the dancers with the appropriate designs and accompany the performance by singing ritual songs, to the accompaniment of boomerangs or clapping sticks. Many of the men's Dreaming paintings have also been sung while they were being painted.
If you would like to know more about Men's Ceremony and the relationship with Aboriginal Art and culture, please read the following articles:
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