Green Plum

Maker
Irene Mungatopi (b.1969)
Date
2006
Description
The Green Plum is a favoured bush tucker across the Top End. It is eaten when the fruit ripen, the late build-up or early wet season, usually just before Christmas, the fruit remain green but are soft to touch. The fruit have a tangy taste a little like ginger-beer and contain a large, dark seed. Tiwi people use the Green Plum in several ways, the inner red bark is used as a dye for fibre-crafts and the green sap of new growth is used as glue to mix with paint to make it stay strong and vibrant. In other parts of the Northern Territory this species is used as a powerful medicine to treat toothaches, headaches, ringworm, insect bites, fever, eczema and other skin disorders. In some areas Green Plum is a calendar plant and flowering indicates the time when freshwater crocodiles are about to lay eggs.

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Object detail

Skin Name
Yarrinapila (Red Ochre)
Date
Medium
two plate etching and chîne collé
Measurements
33.0 x 25.0 cm (image)
48.5 x 39.5 cm (sheet)
Accession Number
MHM2017.34
Credit line
Purchased 2016
Named Collection
Medical History Museum Category

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