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Anwekety (Bush Plum) by Bessie Purvis Petyarre
The painting depicts a topography referring to the Anwekety (Bush plum). The fruit from this Australian native plant are gathered by the Anmatyerr women from Utopia in Central Australia.
The women also pay homage to the spirit of Bush plum in their ceremonies to ensure perpetual germination.
The plant produces white flowers followed by berries. When ripened the berries; also known as native currant or black currant turn from purple to black. These fruits are edible and taste sweet and is a staple food source (bush tucker) for the Aboriginal people.
The bush plum is also a food source for emus, bush turkeys and many native bird species.
If you would like to know more about Anwekety (Bush Plum) and the relationship with Aboriginal Art and culture, please read the following articles:
Title: Anwekety (Bush Plum)
Artist: Bessie Purvis Petyarre
Medium: Acrylic on Belgian Linen
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