Rock Art in West Papua

Rock Art in West Papua

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This book addresses for the first time four major rock art areas of West Papua: the Berau Gulf, Bitsyari Bay, Triton Bay and the Baliem Valley. Together, they form one of the richest regions of rock art and include many newly discovered sites. These sites, located along the South Coast and in the Baliem Highlands, contain thousands of paintings. This book presents, for the first time, hundreds of original photographs including hand stencils, matutuo, faces, and abstract motifs found in West Papua. It also compiles existing hypotheses on the antiquity and origins of rock art in the region and tries to offer a stimulus for further research... interpretation to the Aboriginal myth/legend of the lightning man in north-east Australia (see Box 12, a#39;Lightning Mana#39;). ... Further south the gallery is covered by red dots and some linear red structures flanked on both ends by red dots, a red matutuo-like figure and red linear structures. ... red negative hand stencils followed by a long orange-red lizard situated above a red circular structure filled with dots.

Title:Rock Art in West Papua
Author:Karina Arifin
Publisher:Unesco - 2004-01-01


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