Image: Aboriginal bark painting, Arnhem Land

Aboriginal bark painting, Arnhem Land

This is a bark painting depicting a dugout canoe (top) and a Macassan prau or sailing vessel from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The canoe and sailing vessel are outlined in white pipeclay and have been filled in with red and yellow ochre and white pipeclay. The bow and stern of both vessels are decorated with an intricate stripe and dot pattern. The bark painting, measuring 70 cm by 37 cm, was painted between 1934 and 1939 on a bark sheet from a stringybark tree Eucalyptus tetrodonta. E47833

Stuart Humphreys
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