An image of Mosquito corroboree

Thanakupi

(Australia 1937 – 23 Apr 2011)

Community
Naperanum (Weipa), West Cape region
Language group
Thanaquith, West Cape region

Mosquito corroboree

Other titles:
Mosquito corroboree, two by two
Location
Not on display
Further information

Thancoupie is the most prominent Aboriginal potter and in 2001 a retrospective exhibition was held at the Brisbane City Gallery which also toured to Cairns. Her first solo exhibition was in 1972 and therefore her professional career has extended for almost 30 years. Born in Naperanum (Weipa), Thancoupie trained at East Sydney Technical College. She returned to north Queensland after completing her studies and having a number of successful exhibitions in Sydney.

Thancoupie's spherical pots explore the theme of the meaning of life through the use of the circle. The design on this pot depicts the Nguul (Mosquito) Corroboree. Like Noah's Ark, the animals attended the ceremony two by two and this pot depicts several pairs of animals.

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2001

Place of origin
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Year
1994
Media
Sculpture
Medium
hand-built stoneware
Dimensions
27.0 x 32.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr and Mrs Ronald K Faithfull 2001
Accession number
461.2001
Copyright
© Thancoupie