Set of 7 Mini Aboriginal Dot Painted Artifacts
This7 piece set will make a great Aboriginal display in your foyer! The snake is the longest piece, it is 11 cm L. the emu caller is the smallest at 4 cm L.
Dot painting originated 40 years ago back in 1971. Geoffrey Bardon was assigned as an art teacher for the children of the Aboriginal people in Papunya, near Alice Springs. He noticed whilst the Aboriginal men were telling stories they would draw symbols in the sand.
Bardon encouraged his students to paint a mural based on traditional dreamings on the school walls. The murals sparked incredible interest in the community. He incited them to paint the stories onto canvas and board. Soon many of the men began painting as well.
At first they used cardboard or pieces of wood, which was later replaced by canvas.This began the famous Papunya Tula Art Movement.Bardon helped the Aboriginal artists transfer depictions of their stories from desert sand to paint on canvas.
The Aboriginal artists soon became concerned that the sacred-secret objects they painted were being seen not only by Westerners, but Aboriginal people from different regions that were not privy to their tribal stories.
They did not want them to understand or learn the sacred, restricted parts of their stories so the artists decided to eliminate the sacred elements and abstracted the designs into dots to conceal their sacred meanings.
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