Australian Museum Journal On circular and spiral incised ornament on Australian Aboriginal implements and weapons

Shortform:
Etheridge, 1897, Rec. Aust. Mus. 3(1): 1–6
Author(s):
Etheridge, R.
Year published:
1897
Title:
On circular and spiral incised ornament on Australian Aboriginal implements and weapons
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
3
Issue:
1
Start page:
1
End page:
6
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.3.1897.1113
Language:
English
Plates:
plates i–ii
Date published:
07 January 1897
Cover date:
07 January 1897
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ANTHROPOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS
Digitized:
09 October 2008
Reference number:
1113
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (89kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1121kb PDF)

Abstract

The more or less rare occurrence of this form of sculpture on the implements and weapons of our Aborigines will probably render a notice of several instances interesting. The late Mr. R. Brough Smyth remarked many years ago that - "Curved lines are rarely seen. Any attempt to represent a curve in all the specimens I have examined has been a failure." Mr. Andrew Lang even made a more sweeping statement when he wrote that the patterns used by the Australian Aborigines are such as can be produced without the aid of "spirals or curves or circles."

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