Burnt Wire Animals

Australian Aboriginal men and women in Central Australia make their carvings from dry wood, tree roots, river gum or mulga wood. They use the shape of the wood to make models of animals. Some sculptures are plain, while others have patterns and symbols, which are often depicted in Aboriginal paintings.  The sculptures are made sitting deside the camp fire. They put a piece of fencing wire into the fire. When it is hot, they burn the designs onto the wood.  The form of art is called "Poker Art".

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