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Body design
(c. 1970)

earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
68.8 × 33.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory; Melville Island, Northern Territory
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.c.: 256
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Dr Milton Roxanas, Governor, 1996
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
This unusual hexagonal-shaped bark is characteristic of Tiwi bark paintings of the 1960s and '70s. The use of a black ground links the design to ritual body paintings: the black is symbolic of the skin. The basic elements of Tiwi art - dots, lines, cross hatching and blocks of colour are found in this striking example.