An Account of Exploring the Kimberley
|Site / Plate Number|
Plate 21 (1)
|Other Plates from this site||19(1)*, 20(1)*, 22(1)*, 23(1)*, 24(1)*|
|Art site is in overhang on northern side of Moran River. The Moran River in this locality is enclosed in a deep gorge, and the overhang is towards the base of the gorge wall. Some climbing up large rock slabs is required to reach the art site.
|This panel is on a vertical rock wall. The art in the top right of the panel is partially obscured by calcite deposits leached from the rock. The panel is high up the rock wall. It is higher than a person could reach and it appears that the slabs of rock the artists were standing on have since fallen down. This made the art difficult to photograph. The human figure depicted in the centre left is approximately 30cm long.|
|Interpretation||All art in this panel is a mulberry colour. There is a female human figure with bent arms and legs in the centre left of the panel. The figure appears naked with no body decorations. The torso and lower body of the figure is in profile view and is facing right. Breasts are shown in stacked profile view. The knees are bent at right angles and one foot has clearly defined toes. Lumps either side of the upper leg may represent female genitalia. The shoulders are in plan view with arms either side and bent at an acute angle. The head has spiky hair and is in profile view, facing to the right. The top left side of the panel has two small figures. They are in plan view, standing upright with bent legs and arms, and spiky hair. Shapes and lines in the centre right of the panel are difficult to interpret. They may be abstract or may be missing parts that have not been preserved.