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Dennis NONA_Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs_Torres Strait
N°: 2469

Artist: Dennis NONA

Title: Margul Urab -Turtle Eggs

Art : Aboriginal

Community: Ile de Badu

Dimensions: L: 60 x H: 80 cm

Date: 2008

Medium: Etching
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ed./45The title of this print describes a healthy coconut that is full of milk and flesh.According to Dennis Nonan there is a custom that was practiced in the Torres Strait Islands that guaranteed coconuts would mature on the tree to produce this prized fruit. The tree produces prong like stems from which the coconuts grow. Before the fruit starts to form a personwould scale the tree and thrust turtle eggs onto these prongs thereby guaranteeing that they would develop to yield abundant milk and good eating flesh. This is no longer practiced but the artist does recall in the early 80s helping his father undertake this ritual on the family’s coconut grove on Badu Island.There are two main species of coconuts on the island, Kewes, which stands not much higher than a person and Kutatul Urabal that grows up to fifteen metres high.The print by Dennis Nona depicts the turtle eggs on the prongs prior to the formation of the coconut fruit.
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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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