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Brown and white slip cast terracotta vase made by Tjunkaya Tapaya, 2003

2007.0088.0010

Object information

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Collection

Dimensions

H 174mm x Dia 115mm

Material

Physical Description

A slip cast terracotta vase, with a circular mouth which tapers towards the base. The glazed exterior surface is decorated with a white swirled design against a brown background, and the glazed interior is brown. The name Tj[unkaya?] / Tapaya is written in white on the base of the vase.

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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