Portable art in Australia’s Western Desert

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Abstract

Australia’s desert iconography transcends rock art, sand paintings, body art, decoration on a range of wooden material culture, ceremonial objects, and more recently acrylic art. We now have evidence of a new form of portable art amongst the Western Desert repertoire. This chapter describes images that have been found on engraved tablets in several remote ranges in the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia, and explores possible interrelationships between this art form and imagery found in rock art sites. Western Desert ethnography suggests that this art form may convey a different type of social information across space and through time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe archaeology of portable art
Subtitle of host publicationSoutheast Asian, Pacific, and Australian perspectives
EditorsMichelle Langley, Mirani Litster, Duncan Wright, Sally K May
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Chapter17
Pages274-298
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781315299105, 9781315299099
ISBN (Print)9781138237766
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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    McDonald, J. (2018). Portable art in Australia’s Western Desert. In M. Langley, M. Litster, D. Wright, & S. K. May (Eds.), The archaeology of portable art: Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian perspectives (pp. 274-298). Taylor & Francis. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315299112