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Selma Napanangka Tasman - Bush tomato dreaming 46x30cm


Mainie Australia - Bush Tomato Dreaming Painting

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Artwork Name:  Bush Tomato Dreaming

Artist: Selma Napanangka Tasman

Size: 46 x 30cm loose canvas

Item Code: 10326

Art Story

The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato Dreaming) travels through Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, North of Yuendumu) “Wanakiji” grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit, the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon called ‘kajalarra’. The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called ‘turlturrpa’ and then cooked over a fire.

‘Wanakiji’ can also be skewered and left to dry. When they are prepared in this way it is called ‘turlturrpa’ and the fruit can be kept for a long time.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/ Japangardi men.