Mani Luki Wommatakimmi
The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if a Tiwi sculpture is by Mani Luki by comparing examples of his work.
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His sculptures have a distinct Eyebrow ridge and clearly carved nose and mouth. His painting on
His sculptures depict a Tiwi Dreamtime story about Purukupali and Bima.
Purukupali was the first man on earth. While he was away hunting his wife Bima had an affair with Purukapali’s younger brother Tapara. While making love to his brother she left her baby
Mani Luki was born around 1920 and died in 1980. Unfortunately along with many other early Aboriginal Artists not a lot of information is available about Mani Luki.
He had a brother who also carved called Aurangnamirri. He was probably the son or of another lesser known pioneering artist Black Joe Wommatakimmi. Mani Luki was such a prolific and skilled carver it earned him the nickname Harry Carpenter.
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Mani Luki Tiwi Sculpture images
The following images are not a complete list of the artist’s works but give some idea of his style and variety.