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"Abbarroo a moobee after Balloderrees funeral"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [ca.1791]
Dimensions: 16.5 x 14.1 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 45


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Half-length portrait of an Aboriginal woman named Abbarroo (also known as Abaroo, or Booron) decorated for a funeral, framed in tondo with a black ink border measuring 11.9 cm. in diameter. She is depicted with her torso facing forwards and her head turned slightly to the right, against a plain background. She has black marks representing cicatrices on her upper arms and breasts, and a wide band of mottled white and red-ochre body paint which runs from her upper arms to her shoulders and down in a v-shape across her chest. She is also painted with an off-white and red-ochre stripe which runs up from her cheeks and across her forehead. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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