The Kimberley Region of North West Australia

An Account of Exploring the Kimberley

Site / Plate Number
Site 1 19(1) 20(1) 21(1) 22(1) 23(1) 24(1)
Site 2 26(1) 27(1)
Site 3 32(1)
Site 6 10(2) 11(2)
Site 7 16(2) 17(2)
Site 8 18(2)
Site 9 24(2)
Site 13 15(3) 16(3)
Site 14a 7(4)
Plate 23 (1)
Figure 23(1)*
Location Moran River
GPS Coordinates
Site Number 1
Other Plates from this site 19(1)*, 20(1)*, 21(1)*, 22(1)*, 24(1)*
Location Plate 25(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 poorly 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.
Interpretation The art in this panel is a faded mulberry colour. It comprises several poorly preserved Bradshaw figures. Features of two figures can be reasonably distinguished. The figure in the centre of the panel with an elaborate headdress is drawn with the upper body in profile and the lower body in plan view. The head of the figure is in profile view and is facing right. The headdress is long and straight and points out to the left. At the end of the headdress is an elaborate pompom with antler-like structures protruding from the end. There is a tassel hanging from underneath and a spike protruding from above where the pompom meets the shaft of the headdress. Possibly the spike and the tassel are actually parts of the same object such as a fan or feather with a long thin quill that has been thrust through the headdress. A feather protruding out from the forehead, further decorates the headdress. The arms are held out to the right. They are decorated with bands just below the elbows. The figure is holding something indistinguishable. Knee length sashes hang either side of the figure's waist. The waist sashes and elaborate headdress of this figure are features associated with the 'Sash Bradshaw' style. The long, thin figure to the left of the Sash Bradshaw has a body in plan view and a head in profile view. The head is facing left. It has a headdress, which sticks out to the right. The end of the headdress has not been preserved. The arms and legs are straight. The figure has decorations hanging from either side of the waist. The decoration on the left could be a triple tassel, a feature associated with Tassel Bradshaws. This figure, and the Sash Bradshaw intersect, however, it is difficult to distinguish which figure is on top. The small, poorly preserved figure to the far right has a long, pompom headdress, which sticks out to the right. The figure is facing left. The torso and arms are not preserved. The figure has a waist decoration hanging from the right side.
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