Summary: A ten-foot high Aboriginal engraving of Baiame in a commanding position, at the end of the Mount Murray Anderson ridge.

Carved into harder than normal stone, this Aboriginal engraving of a deity (possibly Baiame) is in the middle of the narrow ridge at the end of Mount Murray Anderson: “It is well and clearly cut into a dark and hard ironstone surface of rock, which would in ordinary be avoided by the aboriginals for the purpose; but the site has been chosen, no doubt, regardless of unsuitability of stone, so that the figure of their beneficient deity may occupy the most commanding position obtainable” (Campbell). It was suggested by McCarthy that perhaps the spiritual ancestor of the Baiame-type came down to earth during a ritual, stepping from one ridge to the other. (Almost directly to the west, at Cottage Point, are two more Baiame engravings.)

AWAT9020 LR Mount Murray Anderson - Baiame

Ten feet in height, the deity or Baiame figure has a narrow, oval head with no eyes. There’s a cross-shoulder ornament across his waist, and a feather-like ornament sticking out from just below the left armpit.

montage stitch LR Mount Murray Anderson - Baiame
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