Cooee logo
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery
31 Lamrock Ave (cnr Chambers Ave)
Bondi Beach 2026 NSW Australia
Phone: +61 (2) 9300.9233 Email:
Opening Hours: 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Artists’ ratings provided by AIAM100 logo
A 9x12" Coo-ee Christmas - Get a Gift - Give a Gift
Introduction   List of Works  List of Artists  
Main Image 9632
Cat.No: #9632
Margarina Napanangka Miller
Bush Tomato Dreaming
Synthetic Polymer Paint on Canvas Board
23 x 30 cm
[ SOLD ]

The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato, Solanum chippendalei) travels to Yaturlu Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). Wanakiji grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon-like scoop called a Kajalarra.

The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called Turlturrpa and then cooked over a fire. Wanakiji can also be skewered and left to dry - when prepared in this way is called Turlturrpa and the fruit can be kept for a long time. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Jukurrpa, particular sites and other elements. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.

Purchase Details: This work, as part of Cooee’s Christmas show, A Love Magic Coo-ee Christmas and is available for sale from 3pm the 3rd December. If you are unable to make it to the opening, simply register your interest via email at or call +61 2 9300 9200. If you would like to send through a 'wish list' of works in preference order and specify how many works in total you want, we will print this out, fold it in half and at 3pm we will begin to pull one list out at a time. We will endeavour to get you the work of your choosing but are unable to guarantee this.