The Australian Rock Art Archive

Some of the earliest identifiable paintings from the Erudite Epoch are the classic Tassel Bradshaws, which commence the Tassel Bradshaw Period. These are believed to be the form of figures which inspired Joseph Bradshaw to compare their appearance to the 'painted walls of an ancient Egyptian temple'. Characteristics of this group include static stance plan alignment bodies with the distinctive Broad Egyptian Shoulder bust detail. Their profile heads almost invariably face left, and are decorated with a large Dunce Cap Headdress hanging near vertically over the right shoulder. This is one of the few examples where the head silhouette suggests facial detail, particularly the nose and receding Mayan-type forehead line.
Bradshaw Period
Tassel Bradshaw Group
Size (Length)
1080x180mm (42x7 ins)
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Bradshaw Paintings / Gwion Gwion Gallery Index
The Australian Rock Art Archive
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