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First record of painted rock art near Kupang, West Timor, Indonesia, and the origins and distribution of the Austronesian painting tradition

O'Connor, Susan; Louys, Julien; Kealy, Shimona; Mahirta, X


Here we describe a painted art site in an uplifted limestone marine terrace bordering the coast west of Kupang in West Timor, Indonesia. The site comprises panels of hand stencils, anthropomorphs and ‘sun-ray’ motifs which are similar to motifs recorded from Timor-Leste and the Kei islands to the east. We suggest that these motifs fit within a corpus of art found throughout the western Pacific and known as the Austronesian painting tradition (APT). We also discuss the APT more generally...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Rock Art Research


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