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    Anwekety (Conkerberry) by Polly Ngale (SOLD)

    90cm x 90cm

    Dot work in this painting represents anwekety (conkerberries), it's Dreaming story belonging to Polly's country, Ahalpere.

    The conkerberry (also often called bush plum), is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Polly’s people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed.

    The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.

    Colours: Matisse's Yellow Oxide, Australian Salmon Gum, Ash Pink and Naphthol Crimson mixed with Antique White and Titanium White.

    Artist:

    Name: Polly Ngale
    Skin name: Ngale
    Language group: Anmatyerre
    Country: Ahalpere
    Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
    Born: c. 1936

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    • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    • Background colour: Black
    • Size of painting: 90cm x 90cm
    • Canvas border: Black, approx 6cm
    • This painting comesunstretched and rolled in a tube.
    • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and artist profile.