Introducing The Maliwawa Figures An Never Before Described Rock Art


Art Several thousand sites are documented and every year new discoveries have been made by different research groups working closely together with local Aboriginal communities. Now, in the journal Australian Archaeology, colleagues and we introduce a significant previously undescribed stone art fashion. We listed 572 Maliwawa paintings in 87 stone shelters within a 130-kilometre east west space. From Awunbarna (Mount Borradaile) into the Namunidjbuk. Clan property of the Wellington Range, an area home to distinctive and globally important rock art of different kinds.

Maliwawa Statistics consist of reddish to mulberry pragmatic animal and human kinds shaded with stroked lines. Sometimes they’re in outline with only a couple of strokes inside. Nearly all were painted however, there’s 1 drawing. Numerous lines of evidence indicate the figures probably date to between 6,000 to 9,400 decades old. On occasion, animals almost seem to be engaging in or viewing some human action.

Another important theme is that a man or indeterminate human body holding a monster. Often a snake, or a different human body or an item.
Such scenes are uncommon in ancient stone art, not only in Australia but globally. Maliwawa creatures are often in profile. Some macropods are displayed at a human like sitting posture with paws before, including a individual playing with a piano. Macro pods, snakes, birds and long tom fish would be the most common animal subjects. Containing three quarters of total fauna. However, more commonly, mammals are common.

Animal And Human Relations

There are just seven depictions of creatures long extinct at the Arnhem Land area, comprising four thylacines and three bilby like creatures. A third of individual depictions were categorized as man since they have male genitalia depicted. Females, identified as breasts have been revealed, are rare, comprising only 5 percent of individual depictions. Nearly 59 percent of human characters couldn’t be ascertained to be either female or male since they lack sex specific attributes.

Human characters normally possess round-shaped or oval shaped heads a few have traces on the mind suggestive of hair. 30% of individual figures are revealed with headdresses, where there are ten distinct forms. The most typical is that a chunk headdress, followed by oval, feather and cone. Maliwawa men are often in profile and frequently have a bulging tummy above a manhood. A couple of Maliwawa females will also be shown with an elongated abdomen.

National Significance

Many Maliwawa Figures have been in visible or accessible areas in low landscape elevations instead of hidden away, or even at lands high from the landscape. This implies they were supposed to be viewed, maybe from a space. Many times, Maliwawa Statistics dominate shield walls with rows of characters in a variety of arrangements. We found a number of those figures during a poll in 2008-2009. However they became the focus on additional field study by 2016 to 2018. In Australia, we’re spoiled with stone art paintings, paintings, stencils, prints, petroglyphs (engravings) as well as layouts made from indigenous beeswax in stone shelters and tiny caves, on boulders and stone platforms.

Frequently in spectacular and significant landscapes, stone art remains very significant to First Nation communities as part of living civilization. But in 2020, fresh fashions have been recognized for the first time. Imagine if the Maliwawa Statistics have been in France? Certainly, they’d be the topic of national pride with various levels of government working together to make sure their security and investigators endeavouring to understand and protect them. We should not let Australia’s wealth of stone art to result in some nationwide ambivalence towards its protection and appreciation.
The Maliwawa Statistics demonstrate just how much more we need to learn from Australia’s ancient musicians. And who knows what’s out there waiting to be discovered.‚Äč