Some parts of this pictograph cannot be read due to their blurred aspect (i. e. the back of the Fish nearthe Tail). However, this does not prevent us from gaining a general idea of what this Fishrepresentation was about.
As with many ancient compositions the structure of the composition was overlaid upon a Body thatprovided the reader with positional aspects that allude to certain areas in this kind of structuralmapping. As examples, each physiological area of the Body of the Fish held its own meaning. TheMouth (
), The Swollen (Stance) Abdomen,
,The Birth Vent,a
The Anal Area, another orifice or
The elemental gesture signs that overlay such areasprovided more information related to the subject area. Bodies were not restricted to fish and humansbut also many other other animals, plants, and even intimate objects such as stone or clay vessels.The Nasal area (alluding to dual orifices or
) was made from a relatively Large (
) RightwardLeaning Rectangular sign for,
a great waiting-place, the holes.
sign explainswhy the Head of the Fish was depicted in such a blunt or squared manner. Sometimes this lack ofrealism is portrayed or explained by modern researchers as due to the “primitive” artistic abilities of theancient composer. But this composition is far from primitive, it is very sophisticated in its organization.The composition and its cosmological message is nearly subliminal to many viewers. The Imagery ofthe Fish is recognized but the gesture signs from which it was composed are not so readily perceived.As stated above, the area of the Fish's Nose allude s to the Nasal orifices,
, while the general areaof the Mouth alludes to
a source of water.
Later we will see how the overlaid signs completed themessage.The historical and geographical isolation of Australia from the rest of the ancient world has provided uswith a rough, early, time line 30,000 to 50,000 years ago when depicted sign language already existed.
1The area of the Fish that gives it a Pregnant appearance has been rethought. Originally thought to be the Imagery of astone Knife it seems more likely that it was conceptualized as the Form and Imagery of a large Egg with cracks in itsshell. This would also be a better fit with the Form of a Bird hovering over an Egg. On the other hand it may have beendual Imagery and then the Knife Imagery would indicate
a great ray of the Sun
, a status or role title.