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Loose-knitted woven wool wall hanging in bright coloured orange, blue, red and green

2000.0014.0448

Loose-knitted woven wool wall hanging in bright coloured orange, blue, red and green

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Physical description

A woven wall hanging. It is a loose-knitted weaving with bright coloured orange, blue, red and green wool. The hanging is supported at the top with a length of carved wood with one smoke-marked tip. Wooden poker-worked carved lizard and snake sculptures are woven into the wool around the centre. There are long tassles of wool creating a fringe at the bottom of the hanging.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises a broad range of objects including batiks, pokerwork carvings, paintings and pastel drawings on paper and other art and craft items, bibles and school readers in Pitjantjatjara, drawings by school children, photograph albums, videos and a small number of stone implements.

The collection is significant for the depth and range of material associated with a single Aboriginal settlement at Ernabella, now known as Pukatja, its art centre and with Deaconness Winifred Hilliard who was the Arts Advisor to Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. The collection largely dates to this period. Along with other material previously donated by Hilliard, this collection documents the history of Ernabella and the women's art movement there between, but not limited to, 1954 and 1986.

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