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Maliwawa figures - A previously undescribed Arnhem Land rock art style

Tacon, Paul; May, Sally K.; Lamilami, Ronald; McKeague, Fiona; Johnston, Iain G.; Jalandoni, Andrea; Wesley, Daryl; Domingo Sanz, Ines; Brady, Liam M.; Wright, Duncan; Goldhahn, Joakim


In this paper, a previously undescribed rock art style consisting of large human figures and animals with stroke-line infill is introduced. These depictions have been named Maliwawa Figures. They are primarily found in northwest Arnhem Land and to date have been recorded at 87 sites from Awunbarna (Mount Borradaile area) to the Namunidjbuk clan state of the Wellington Range. There are solitary figures and others arranged in compositions or scenes. We describe the features of this style, its...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Archaeology
DOI: 10.1080/03122417.2020.1818361


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