A turtle in Aboriginal rock art, Ubirr, East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Paintings from the site have been painted since 40,000 B.C.E., most are thought to be at least 2,000 years old. The art of the site depicts certain creation ancestors, as well as animals from the area (such as catfish, long-necked turtles, pig-nosed turtles, rock ringtail possums, and wallabies).
Rock painting had several functions in historic times. Images were created to increase the population of game animals or for use in magic. Depictions of important Dreaming beings are common, as well as secular paintings made for amusement. Although the original significance of Ubirr’s prehistoric images is unknown, they likely had similar functions. (met)
Photo courtesy & taken by nettispaghetti.