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Gehmat Nona Badu Art Centre tupmul
Gehmat Nona Badu Art Centre tupmul


by Gehmat Nona

Size: 77cm x 45cm

Medium: Lino Print

Category: Art Prints / Etchings

$250.00 (Incl GST)

This artwork represents the tupmul (stingray) which is one of the main totems of my people. Totems symbolise the personality and the way we move or do things. The personality of this totem is it won’t back down without a fight. It’s like when you see one and you spear it and it got away, the next day at the very same spot, the same tupmul is sitting there stubbornly saying “yesterday you tried, but I will not be defeated so easily!” As the tupmul is one the hammerhead sharks’ main food source, I included the shark in the design to represent the danger in the sea.