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Anwekety (Conkerberry) by Elizabeth Mpetyane

A4

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Dot work in this painting represents anwekety (conkerberries). It's Dreaming story belongs to Elizabeth's country, Ahalpere.

The conkerberry (also often called bush plum), is a sweet blackberry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Elizabeth’s people would 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.

Artist

Name: Elizabeth Mpetyane
Skin name: Mpetyane
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
Born: c. 1980
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About Anwekety Story

  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Background colour: Black
  • Size of painting: Approx 30cm x 21cm
  • Border: Additional 6cm strip of black canvas border designed to be wrapped around a 2cm deep stretcher frame.
  • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
  • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and an artist profile.

Catalogue number: SP0555


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