Ahakeye (Bush Plum) Dreaming by Lindsay Bird Mpetyane

Artist: Lindsay Bird Mpetyane
Size: 90cm x 90cm
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Code: 18008

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In this painting, concentric circles represent the site of the Bush Plum tree, an important tree because of the berries it produces. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and, like many desert berries, can be reconstituted in water if dry.

    Parallel lines stemming from the concentric circles represent songlines (or travelling lines) of the Ilkawerne people associated with this story. Other symbols are sacred men's symbols related to this Dreaming.

    This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Lindsay from his father.


    Artist: Lindsay Bird
    Skin name: Mpetyane (also spelled Mbitjana)
    Language group: Anmatyerre
    Country: Ilkawerne
    Area: Utopia Region, Central Australia
    Born: c. 1942

      • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
      • Size of painting: 90cm x 90cm
      • Size of canvas border: Approx 6cm
      • Background colour: Grey