Women Collecting Ntang (Edible Seeds) SP8479-Therese Ryder

Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30cm
Year Painted


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Women Collecting Ntang (Edible Seeds) SP8479-Therese Ryder

Therese paints women collecting Ntang which is the word for seed in Therese's language. There are many different types of ntang in Central Australia but Therese paints one that comes from a tree that grows near where she lives. Therese says it is 'just a tree, like a corkwood.' These seeds grow inside pods of a bush bean and hang down on the stems of the tree's leaves

Therese represents the women by the 'U' motifs collecting ntang. They often carry with them their digging sticks and coolamons (carved wooden bowls) which are typical instruments used for collecting many bush foods. Concentric circles represent the site where the ntang are being collected and footprints that the women leave in the sand are a trademark depiction often featured in Therese's paintings. Therese likes to use traditional ochre colours in the background design to reflect the rich sand hill country of Central Australia.

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