Title - Looking at & responding to paintings

People have used pattern and shapes to decorate their homes, weapons and their bodies for thousands of years. The use of pattern and shape as decorations probably dates back before the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs. The ancient peoples of long ago wanted to improve their environment and so painted patterns on all their possessions. Tribes from all over the world use patterns for jewellery, treee carvings, clothes and body paintings. Look below to see some examples of pattern and shape used by different peoples

Shape and Pattern used on people

Face decoration   Butterfly Pattern  

Head and neck decoration

Butterfly pattern
African Decoration
Surma from Ethiopia
Surma people of Ethiopia
Traditional African face decoration
Arm Tattoo
Ear Painting
Tattoo on arm
Ear painting

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