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"A Native carrying a water basket of bark"

Artist: Port Jackson Painter
Created: [between 1788 and 1797]
Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.5 cm
Reference: Watling Drawing - no. 68


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Portrait of an Aboriginal man, framed in tondo with a grey ink border measuring 9.1 cm. in diameter. His body is facing forwards and his head turned in profile to the right. Hecarries a water basket on his left shoulder, supported by his left hand. The man has jaw-length black hair decorated with hanging bone and tooth decorations. His skin is brown, with black and red-ochre marks on his upper arms and chest representing cicatrices, and overlaid with white zig-zag decoration up his arms to his shoulders, and down across his chest. The background is plain. The drawing is annotated in brown ink.


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