Mjardi - Women's Love Magic by Judy Martin NapangardiMjardi - Women's Love Magic by Judy Martin Napangardi
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Mjardi - Women's Love Magic

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Amongst the Warlpiri women and men share many rituals, customs, Dreamings and practices involved in Yilpinji, Love Magic. This print by important Warlpiri artist Judy Napangardi Martin shows women (U shapes) making Majardi, Love Magic Hair Belts. Having fallen in love the girl goes to her female relatives and is instructed on how to attract her man as a lover. She weaves a belt while singing Yilpinji songs imbuing the belt with magic. When the man approaches she entices him with her charms until he comes under the influence of her allure. She reveals the belt as his ardour grows and persuades him to place the belt around her waist. As he does he falls under her spell and they go off together in to the long grass to make love. Once their love is consummated they walk off into the bush together as a couple. The important tribal members, on learning of their tryst follow them and confront them as a couple. In this way the tribe recognises their relationship and acknowledges that it is an appropriate match. They are now recognised by all as a couple.

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Location Australia
Region Australia
Artist Judy Martin Napangardi
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2002
Dimensions 34" X 26.5" with custom frame
Materials & Edition serigraph on paper edition 99

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