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    Leaves by Gloria Petyarre (SOLD)

    150cm x 90cm

    This painting represents leaves, some of which have medicinal qualities. This style by Gloria Petyarre is one of the most prestigious styles in Australian art, winning her the acclaimed Wynne Prize in 1999. This subject does not pertain to stories from Gloria’s culture but is an original idea.

    'That first one: I was looking, looking. Looks like leaf, and I been put another one and another one and, ah yeah, first leaf.'

    It was Gloria's mother who taught her how to make a medicinal ointment from these leaves. She would take fat from kangaroos and echidnas and mix it with crushed medicinal leaves.

    "Mum was taking the kangaroo fat, and echidna [fat]. We been mixing 'em up".

    The ointment was applied to their face and their hair so that its powerful aroma would linger and aid in the relief of colds. 

     

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