Awelye (Body Paint)

Artist
Betty Mpetyane (Mbitjana)
Price
$650.00
Size
600x620
Medium
Acrylic on Belgian Linen
Region
Utopia
About

Year: 2016

Awelye: 
The women paint each other's breasts and upper bodies with ochre markings, before dancing in a ceremony. The body designs are important and, painted on chest and shoulders, they relate to each particular woman's dreaming. The ochre pigment is ground into powder form and mixed with charcoal and ash before being applied with a flat padded stick or with fingers in raw linear and curving patterns. The circles in these designs represent the sites and movement where the ceremonies take place.

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