Skip to product information
1 of 1

Aboriginal Painting - Man Ceremony

Aboriginal Painting - Man Ceremony

Alan Petyarre Pitjara

SKU:Cat. n. AP 535

Regular price $180.00 AUD
Regular price $350.00 AUD Sale price $180.00 AUD
Sale Sold Out

Aboriginal Painting Title: Man Ceremony
Aboriginal Artist: Alan Petyarre Pitjara
Size: 45 x 45 cm Unframed
Medium: Acrylic on canvas

COA and pictures of the artist holding and signing their work will be provided.


In most traditional Aboriginal communities, boys undergo initiation into manhood through a series of ceremonies where they learn their traditional songs and associated dances. Among the people of Central Australia, such as the Warlpiri, Arrarnta (Arrernte), Pitjantjatjara, Pintubi, and many others, these rituals can span several weeks.

The Warlpiri people hold some of the most elaborate and significant initiation ceremonies known as "kurdiji". During these ceremonies, several boys from the same subsection (or "skin") are initiated together. "Kurdiji" translates to "shield," referring to the decorated wooden shields that feature designs representing the "dreamings" or song cycles performed during these ceremonies.

View full details