Australian Aboriginal art.
consists largely of paintings and carvings on rock, carvings on body
ornaments and cult objects such as churingas and bull roarers, and
bark paintings. Abstract styles, e.g. spiral designs, and naturalistic
styles are found. Human figures and animals, such as fish, turtles and
kangaroos, connected with the hunt or with totemic beliefs, are depicted.
Melanesian influences through New Guinea may account for the squatting
figure motifs, rich colouring and other aspects of paintings in N. Arnhem
Land and N.W. Australia. The huge wondjina ancestor-skull pictures
depict dark-haloed heads without mouths. Animals are shown realistically
and also in 'X-ray' style, where the skeleton and organs of interest to
the hunter are depicted schematically within the body outline. There is a
rich oral tradition of myth, relating the ancestral time, 'The Dreaming',
to the present in an unbroken continuum.
Aboriginal hollowed log coffin
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