An Account of Exploring the Kimberley
|Site / Plate Number|
Plate 22 (1)
|Other Plates from this site||19(1)*, 20(1)*, 21(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 is well preserved. 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 animal depicted is approximately 50cm long.
|Interpretation||The animal in this panel is a mulberry colour. It is in plan view, looking down from above. It looks like a mammal, probably a spotted quoll. It is stylised and approximately life size. The fore limbs and back limbs are short, and the tail is thick and tapering. Fingers and toes are visible. The head, limbs and tail are solid, painted sections. The centre of the body has been left unpainted and filled with spots. It has a pointed nose and the eyes are represented by an absence of paint. There are small ears either side of the head. Perhaps the artist only had one colour, which is why there was the need to leave the body section free of solid paint, so that the spots could be represented. Spots of a contrasting colour could have been applied over a solid colour if two colours were available. The naturalistic form, solid infill to the head, tail, and limbs, and spotted body infill, identify this painting as of the 'Irregular Infill Animal Period'.