Australia 1902 – 1959
Mulga plaque (hunter and dog)
[Wall plaque decorated in poker work (hunter with dog)]
Description: wooden plaque with poker worked tree and hunter with 3 spears and spear thrower and dog.Wire hanger located in center.
Place made: Hermannsburg, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, woodwork, pokerworkon hardwood poker-work-on hardwood
The seeds of Albert Namatjira's creative vision can be seen in items he produced for sale to tourists. They consisted of plaques and artefacts decorated with pokerwork (using a heated wire or hot metal tool) and later with painted images.
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