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Terracotta bowl with glazed sgaffito decoration by Tjunkaya Tapaya, 2005

2007.0088.0070

Terracotta bowl with glazed sgaffito decoration by Tjunkaya Tapaya, 2005

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Physical description

A terracotta bowl with sgaffito decoration incised through a dark blue slip. The design features human figures standing and seated around a campfire, and animals and trees. The exterior and interior surfaces are glazed, and the base is unglazed. Text written on the base of the bowl reads 'Tjunkaya / Tapaya / Ernabella / Arts / 2005".

Statement of significance

The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

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