Better World Arts

Lacquerware Box - Marsupial Mouse Dreaming

$18.60

Gorgeous handcrafted Fair Trade laquerware boxes. Stunning handpainted art adrons them made by Indigenous Australian artists. Each artist retains ownership of their art and is paid a regular royalty for its use under the Indigenous Art Code. Each box includes a description of the art and its meaning to the artist as well as telling the story of the artist. Fair Trade produced by small artisanal enterprises in India. Dimensions: length 9.5 cm, width 7.5 cm, height 4.5 cm.

Artist: Rama Kaltu-Kaltu Sampson.

Description: Ram's painting illustrates the Mingkiri Tjukurpa the dreaming of the marsupial mice near Kuntjanu, Rama’s country in remote north-western South Australia. The painting shows the many burrows where the mingkiri live. The mingkiri are digging with their mulya (noses) to block their holes. When Rama talks about the Wanampi Tjukurpa (Rainbow Serpent Dreaming), he says that many stories are all together – tjungu. The Mingkiri people cry when Wanampi is speared by a left handed man, but his son was in the womb of Wanampi’s wife, so the rainbow serpent still lives today at the rockhole in Kuntjanu. The kuniya (python) and liru (snake) people are also all here, in this one big story.