PAINTING on BARK
Aboriginal Culture, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
First half of the 20th century
Bark and natural pigments
H.: 41; L.: 35.5 cm
The bark panel is composed of a landscaped scene on a hatched background with a dominant red ochre, animated by ten animals and a tree. Among these zoomorphic figures, there are two yellow kangaroos, two black guinea fowl, four yellow avian figures, a snake and a cetacean.
Like Kanak engraved bamboos, Aboriginal bark paintings are mnemonic supports: they are sources of learning about myths and cultural traditions.
Ref. : 2933
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