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Subject is Mangalod
A bark painting, worked with ochres and has wooden restrainers at either end. It depicts a squatting female figure painted in red, black, white and yellow crosshatching. One hand has five digits and the other two. The painting has a red background.
This collection comprises a range of material associated with Betty Meehan and Rhys Jones, two prominent figures whose work in the archaeological, anthropological, museum and heritage sectors has significantly influenced public understanding of Australian Indigenous culture and society. The collection contains Australian Indigenous material, including bark paintings, fibre work, tools and implements, and a small selection of comparative objects, collected by Meehan and Jones, from non-Australian hunter-gather societies. The collection also includes a series of historical prints documenting early European representations of Aboriginal people and their culture.
The collection is an eclectic mix, and reflects Meehan and Jones' detailed and personal knowledge of the day to day lives of many Indigenous people. It is also significant as a window into the working lives of the donors, who played key roles in the development of Australian archaeology as an independent discipline and the broader scholarly community.
W 380mm x H 700mm x D 45mm
Place is Mangalod