Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum) SP7041-Tanya Bird Mpetyane

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm


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Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Ahakeye (Bush Plum) SP7041-Tanya Bird Mpetyane

The linear designs in Tanya's painting represent Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs) for the Ahakeye (Bush Plum). These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs. Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.

The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Tanya, is also known as the native currant or citrus. It belongs to the canthium attenuatum shrub which grows about 3m high. This shrub produces small white flowers, deep green citrus-like leaves and the ahakeye which are black when ripe and very small. This fruit is favoured for its sweet taste and can be reconstituted in water if dry. In this painting, the dot work represents the fruit of the bush plum.

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