Canvas Painting - Medicine Leaves

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Region: Ti-Tree, N. Alice Springs

Language: Anmatyerr/Warlpiri

Circi: 1968

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Completed: 28 July 2019

Dimensions: H105cm x W104cm

Stretched on frame: NO

Bush medicine leaves:

The aromatic turpentine antiseptic variety depicted in this painting • are used for relieving colds. flus, breathing issues and such. It is most often boiled and the resin used in various ways including inhalation or mixed with kangaroo fat and rubbed onto aching bones and sores. The leaves can also be used to wrap around infected wounds to keep clean and reduce pain using natural made string and bark to hold it on. The plant contains antiseptic properties and smells similar to eucalyptus and mixed herbs. It is still used widely today and also features in modern healing or cleansing mainstream gatherings such as premises smokings.

Gloria Petyarre was the Utopia artist who initially developed the style and representation of this story.


Julieann is related to the Numina sisters through the marriage to their brother Paul. Her beautiful gentle strokes of the Bush Medicine Leaves is indicative of the Central Desert women paintings.

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