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Inter- and Intraregional Variation in the Austronesian Painting Tradition: A View from East Timor

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Title: Inter- and Intraregional Variation in the Austronesian Painting Tradition: A View from East Timor
Authors: O'Connor, Sue
Oliveira, Nuno Vasco
Keywords: Austronesian Painting Tradition
rock art
Timor
Island Southeast Asia
western Pacific
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LC Subject Headings: Prehistoric peoples--Asia--Periodicals.
Prehistoric peoples--Oceania--Periodicals.
Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Oceania--Antiquities--Periodicals.
East Asia--Antiquities--Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press (Honolulu)
Citation: O'Connor, S., and N. V. Oliveira. 2007. Inter- and Intraregional Variation in the Austronesian Painting Tradition: A View from East Timor. Asian Perspectives 46 (2): 389-403.
Series/Report no.: Volume 46
Number 2
Abstract: This article reports on the discovery of a new rock art site from East Timor that is located inland on the southern flanks of the central mountainous spine of the island. One particular painted motif, a socketed axe with haft, indicates that at least some of the motifs were painted c. 2000 B.P. This date and the stylistic and technical features of the art would place it within the later body of painted art associated with the Austronesian Painting Tradition (APT) elsewhere in the western Pacific. This later phase is characterized by greater diversity in style, color, and placement of motifs than is found in the earlier APT. Comparison with the other known art sites in East Timor shows significant differences between the rock art of the eastern and central parts of East Timor, indicating that these areas comprised separate stylistic regions. KEYWORDS: Austronesian Painting Tradition, rock art, Timor, Island Southeast Asia, western Pacific, iconography.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/17272
ISSN: 1535-8283 (E-ISSN)
0066-8435 (Print)
Appears in Collections:Asian Perspectives, 2007 - Volume 46, Number 2 (Fall)



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