An image of Tjintjintjin

Walangkura Napanangka

(Australia circa 1946 – )

Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert region
Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region

Tjintjintjin, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way

Not on display
Further information

In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

The art centre documentation for this work states:

This etching depicts designs associated with the rockhole and cave site of Tjintjintjin, just to the west of the Kintore community. The shapes in this etching depict the geographical features in the area through which an old woman, Kutungka napanangka, passed during her travels from Malparingya in the north-west. At this site Kutungka knew of an ancestral kuniya (snake) that lived underground. She proceeded to dig a hole in search of the kuniya, eventually locating and killing it. She then cooked and ate it before continuing her travels east to Muruntji, south-west of Mt Liebig. At Muruntji she was accosted by one boy in a group so she chased them and caught all but the culprit who managed to escape. She killed the others and cooked them in a fire. She then travelled to Kaltarra where she entered the earth.

Place of origin
Papunya, Northern Territory, Australia
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper
33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark with artist's mark, pencil "X". Not dated.

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
© Walangkura Napanangka. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd