Bradshaw (Gwion Gwion) cave paintings

Introduction:

Bradshaw painting is a style of rock art found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.  They consist of paintings of a complex figurative type. The paintings are typically small, around 25 cm, uniformly red, the bodies being completely filled with solid colour.  From details in the paintings, changes in the material culture of the area can be investigated. It is clear that many of the weapons are of a type no longer used in the Kimberley.

'Bradshaw art', (1994), in Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia, Aboriginal Studies Press for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Canberra, ACT

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