Recent paintings from Papunya - the home of dot painting
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Punata Stockman Nungarrayi Ilpititti (Mount Denison) 2010
Acrylic on Belgian linen 1530 x 1170mm SOLD
In this painting Punata has depicted the country around Mt Denison which also belongs to her father Billy Stockman
Tjapaltjarri. The central area represents the creek running through Mt Denison country while the black circles
represent 'sugarbags' in the surrounding country.
Sugarbag (wild honey) or Ngalypuru is the syrup made by the native bees, described as a msall stingless honey bee.
These insects live up in the trees and the Anangu (Aboriginal people) eat the honey.
The honey is found in the tree hollows. To find the honey, the Anangu look for the native bees buzzing around the
trees and the wax protruding from the trunk. The tree is then chopped and split to reveal the honey. The honey and
the bees' larvae are all collected in a coolamon or wooden bowl to be eaten.