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#327 Bush Medicine Leaves (Blue/White) - SHARON TURNER : Aboriginal Art: 95x117cm


ARTISTS: Sharon Turner
LANGUAGE: Amnatajerre / Kaytetye - Utopia North Central Desert region
TITLE: Bush Medicine Leaves
MEDIUM: Painting - acrylic on canvas

*All paintings come with a Certificate of Authenticity and are signed by the artist*

Medicine Leaves, Seeded Bush Yam, Bush Leaves, Kurrajong Seeding and Seeds Dreaming are a variant on the Bush Medicine Leaves theme of the Numina Sisters' stunning and flamboyant paintings series.
The Bush Medicine Leaves Dreaming healing knowledge story is a popular theme series of the Numina Sisters. Many women from the central Australia Utopia regions hold custody of Bush Medicine Leaves in common. 

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.

Sharon Turner is from Utopia, Northern Territory and her skin name is Nakamarra. Sharon paints stories from both her mother’s and father’s country. Sharon was taught to paint by her mother and aunties, the Numina sisters. Her Grandmother, Barbara Price Mbitjana also taught Sharon how to paint stories from her country near Ti Tree in the Northern Territory. Sharon’s mother, Caroline Numina Napananka, continues to teach Sharon stories and painting.  Sharon attends school in Darwin and travels to her desert country on a regular basis to learn more stories from her elders, which she will pass on to her family in the future.

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