Gwion Gwion Gallery - Jar Island
The Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) rock art is among the oldest in the world. Examples of Gwion Gwion art has been found to be 40 000 years old and as young as 11 000 years old. It was created at a time when sea levels were similar to where they are now. The aboriginals say they were painted by the Gwion Gwion bird using blood drawn with its tail feather and beak. The paintings tend to depict animals with great detail but humans with less detail. The first European to discover the paintings was Joseph Bradshaw in 1891.
There is a gap in rock art in the Kimberley region with no known art from the youngest Gwion Gwion paintings 11 000 years ago and the oldest Wandjina paintings 7000 years ago. During that time, sea levels dropped and Australia's coast extended into what is now the ocean. It is hypothesized that rock art of that period was drawn in areas that are now under the ocean.
Jar Island is a modest gallery of art work compared to others we saw in the Kimberley - but there are some very intersting examples.
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