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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.
|Title of host publication||The archaeology of portable art|
|Subtitle of host publication||Southeast Asian, Pacific, and Australian perspectives|
|Editors||Michelle Langley, Mirani Litster, Duncan Wright, Sally K May|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Publisher||Taylor & Francis|
|Number of pages||25|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781315299105, 9781315299099|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2018|
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