ABORIGINAL ART - 1

Aboriginal art is integral to the culture, and often inspired by religious and ceremonial aspects of life. Here are summaries of situations where painted and engraved art have been applied in traditional times, other art forms, and an overview of the main styles of Aboriginal art.

Painted and engraved art has been applied to:

aboriginal shield

A south-east Australian man
with his elaborately carved and painted shield.

A sacred stone tjuringa carved with designs and painted over with red ochre. Central Australia.
Photograph by David M. Welch, from The Australian Aboriginal

aborigianl sacred stone

 

Aboriginal carved shell

A pearl shell with an engraved pattern filled with red ochre. Kimberley, Western Australia. Two holes bored at the top allow it to be attached to a waist belt. Collected by Herbert Basedow in 1916 and on display at the Australian Museum, Sydney.
Photograph by David M. Welch, The Australian Aboriginal.

 

 

A rock shelter in the Kimberley region, north Western Australia, its walls painted with ancient human figures.
Photo: David M. Welch

Aboriginal rock art

 

aboriginal carved tree

A carved tree (dendroglyph) with geometric designs incorporating angulated spirals, near the Macquarie River, New South Wales.
Photograph by Edmund Milne, from The Australian Aboriginal, second edition.

 

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An understanding of Central Australian Aboriginal art
through the paintings of Reggie Sultan --->



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