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"A paddle made from bark, a Native his hair matted with gum, A Basket made of the knot of a tree"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 32.8 x 19.9 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 64


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Illustration of an aboriginal man whose hair has been matted with gum, and two implements against a plain background. At top is a paddle made of bark, pale fawn-grey in colour overlaid with grey serpentine lines. At centre is a head-and-shouldersportrait of an aboriginal man, his torso facing forwards and his head turned in profile to the left and looking slightly upwards. His hair is painted dark brown overlaid with black clumps, and his skin is dark brown with black markings representing cicatrices on his upper arms and chest. The base of the figure is underlined with black ink. At bottom is a pale red-brown basket with a narrow handle, shaded grey to the left and overlaid with grey serpentine lines. The drawing is framed by a pencil border and annotated in brown ink.


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