The Australian Rock Art Archive

This superimposition panel emphasises the anomalies of different weathering encountered in some Kimberley rock art. The underlying elaborate Bradshaw Figure survives a remarkable state of preservation while the very recent painting superimposing it is already badly deteriorated. The large Sitting Side Penis Figure with basket over forearm is a specific figure unique to the most recent times of the Wandjina Period, and probably less than 200 years old. What fortuitous sequence of events and/or climatic conditions are responsible for such exceptional stabilisation over countless millennia, and what changes now result in major deterioration of modern paintings in mere generations of time, are questions yet to be answered.
Bradshaw Period
Tassel / Superimposition Transitionary Figure
Size (Length)
26x24ins (Ceremonial Figure)
44x47ins (Sitting Penis Figure)
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Bradshaw Paintings / Gwion Gwion Gallery Index
The Australian Rock Art Archive
Australia Rock Art Bradshaw Paintings Kimberley Gwion Gwion