Two Pythons Travelling SP7922-Harold Payne Mpetyane

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm
Year Painted


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Two Pythons Travelling SP7922-Harold Payne Mpetyane

Harold paints the story of the Two Pythons Travelling and Ahakeye (Bush Plum). This is a very important story for Harold that belongs to his country, Ilkawerne. This story, its songs, dances and symbols have been passed down to Harold from his father. The ahakeye, called bush plum in English by Harold, 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.

Concentric circles represent the site of the Bush Plum tree. Parallel lines represent travel lines of the Ilkawerne people, much like a highway, Harold says. One line represents the people travelling to the Ahakeye, the next line coming back, and so forth. The two pythons can be seen alongside these travel lines. The background dotting represents the raw seeds of the Ahakeye.

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