Deaf Tommy Mungatopi
(c.1925 - 1985)
Deaf Tommy Mungatopi was active/lived in Australia. Deaf Mungatopi is known for Aboriginal painting.
Biography Deaf Tommy Mungatopi
Deaf Tommy Mungatopi, so called because as a coast watcher on Melville Island during World War II he was rendered deaf by an exploding bomb, was recognised among the Tiwi as an exceptional artist who was regularly commissioned to make tutini or Pukumani funeral poles for ceremonies. He belonged to one of the great Tiwi art dynasties, and was the brother of two other influential Tiwi artists, Alie Miller Mungatopi (c.1910-1968) and Laurie One Eye Nelson Mungatopi (1915-1968). Deaf Tommy made tutini for their Pukumani burial ceremony which is recorded by Sandra Le Brun Holmes in her The Goddess and the Moon Man: The Sacred Art of the Tiwi Aborigines, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995, pp.91-99. Laurie Mungatopi was one the five Tiwi artists who,
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