• Mantua Nangala

Mantua James Nangala – Puntutjapana

Sophisticated, perceived linear abstraction, typifies Pintupi works that are, however, deeply entrenched in landscape, sacred lore and ceremony.

This particular work by Mantua James Nangala relates to the soakage water site of Puntutjapana, west of the Kiwirrkurra Community and near Jupiter Well in Western Australia.

A group of women travelled from west and camped at this site before continuing east to Marrapinti, Kiwirrkurra and Wirrulnga, all significant sites. While in the area of Puntutjapana, they gathered edible fruit known as pura, or bush tomato. This fruit is the size of an apricot and after the seeds are removed, can be stored for some time by threading the fruit on to skewers made from sticks. The lines with the attached arc shapes in the painting represent the stored fruit.


National Gallery of Victoria

The University of Melbourne


Product Description

Artist: Mantua James Nangala

c. 1959

Region: Kiwirrkurra – Pintupi

Media: Acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 122 x 91

Provenance: Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 2004

Reference: MN 0404112