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Alick TIPOTI_Dugong charms 2_Torres Strait
N°: 3856

Artist: Alick TIPOTI

Title: Dugong charms 2

Art : Aboriginal

Community: Badu Island

Dimensions: L: 53,5 x H: 39,5 cm

Date: 2018

Medium: Etching
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This print is of magic charms carved from rocks. They were hung below the Nath (dugong hunting platforms) built just off the beaches on dugong feeding grounds. Sometimes these were kept inside the bow of the canoe when on hunting voyages.

These types of rock carvings are associated with island magic – referred to as Puy. A single charm was used for single dugongs.

Multiple charms tied together were used to attract a herd of dugongs. When I was a boy, me and my uncles would collect seaweed from the inside of the mouth of a dugong we just caught, we would wrap it in cloth and store it under the bow of the dinghy when we headed out hunting.

Today I am still a strong believer of this practice.
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  Some references:
Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Confluences à Lyon, Musée d'Art Contemporain les Abattoirs à Toulouse, Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie de Vichy, Musée de la Musique, Museum d'histoire naturelle de Lille, Musée de Rochefort, Fondation Electricité de France, Fondation Colas, Banque Dexia ...

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