Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bark painting depicting a hunting party
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bark painting depicting a hunting party, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • bark, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 72 x 43 x 2.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 3/8 x 16 7/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3627
Label Text

The rectangular piece of flattened bark has a purple field with a black outline.
There are eleven human figures, in black, orange or yellow. Their torsos are patterned with a variety of colors. Each figure has a weapon: three long objects clustered together, clubs, or oval objects with small projections at one end, and possibly a bag. There are small branching patterns in some of the negative space.