Sarawai (Death Cloud)


Edition of 45
Handmade multi-plate coloured Etching
Image size: 43 x 98.5cm
Paper size: 62 x 108cm



This artwork is a handmade multi-plate coloured Etching in an edition of 45, numbered and signed by the artist. It depicts Sarawai, a cloud that forms like a mushroom over the top of an island, and marks a very sacred occurrence.

For hunters who are out on isolated parts of the reef who see this cloud over a certain island, they know it is an indication of a death in that place below the cloud and calls for respect. Hunters would then return home in their canoes to prepare for ceremonial funeral business. The cloud is for both men and women, each represented by the symbols in the print, and the heads coming out of the cloud.

Sarawai is one of the finest pieces of Dennis Nona art for sale, purchase limited edition prints from Berkeley Editions.



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