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But X-ray drawings are also seen on the other side of the Pacific, among the Indians of British Columbia and some of the Eskimo tribes of Alaska.
Aboriginal abstract paintings may include a variety of concentric circles, arcs, dots and other pictographs that are intended to convey information.
Introduction Types Characteristics Dating History/Chronology Ubirr Rock Art (Northern Australia) Burrup Peninsula Rock Art (Western Australia) Bradshaw Rock Paintings (Western Australia) Sydney Rock Engravings (NSW) Collections Hand Stencil Painting. Handprints and cupules are believed to constitute the oldest forms of aboriginal parietal art in Australia, dating perhaps to 40,000 BCE.
However, this remains unconfirmed by carbon-dating results.
(5) Face painting, and other traditional forms of tribal art practised by aboriginal artists throughout Australasia, such as the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land.
(6) Various types of painting on leaves, bark and baobab seeds.
(2) Dot-painting from areas in Central and Western Australia - featuring a range of complex patterns, created with dots.
(3) Stencil painting from several different locations, featuring negative stencils and positive prints of hands and feet.
This possibility is supported by the studies of Professor Stephen Oppenheimer, whose research combines genetic analysis with climatology, archeology, fossil analysis and modern dating methods, in order to juxtapose early migration with early rock art, (see for example his book "Out of Eden: The Real Eve").
And since Sulawesi forms part of the "land-bridge" used by migrants from the Asian continent to Australia, it suggests that Australian art might easily be as old.
Australian aboriginal art encompasses works in a diverse range of media.
Strangely, ancient pottery does not appear to have been made in Australia.
The colour pigments used by aboriginal painters were obtained from mineral sources (eg.