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Paddy Tjangala

Paddy Tjangala

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Chisel 1972, Paddy Tjangala

Despite discouragement from European artefact buyers, who demanded what they considered to be 'authentic' work, Western Desert craftsmen ingeniously combined labour-saving European resources such as metal blades and copper wire with traditional materials such as spinifex grass resin and kangaroo sinew. This chisel was acquired from the artist, a renowned maker of wooden artefacts who was also one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists.

Paddy Tjangala
Chisel 1972 made by Paddy Tjangala.

Chisel 1972, Paddy Tjangala
wood, steel, copper, spinifex grass resin