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Walka design from Ernabella

2000.0014.0574

Walka design from Ernabella

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Physical description

Multi coloured design on a pale grey ground. The design is composed of irregular forms which overlap to create a compact composition. The forms are arranged horizontally with two protusions extending from the lower edge. There is also a wide curved form pointing down on the left end. The forms have a combination of lobed, curved and wavy edges which extend into points. The edges have yellow, green and blue bands which overlap each other and follow the external and internal contours. The infill areas are dark blue or red, both with white dots. There are also three long, wavy lines in pale green. Small areas in lower part of the design have been smudged and there are stains on the lower edge of the paper. From a collection of "Designs used for floor rugs".

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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