Ennedi, Tales on stone. Rock art in the Ennedi massif

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All’Insegna del Giglio, 18 dic 2017 - 288 pagine

In the last few decades, a surprisingly large variety of subjects and styles of rock art have been brought to light in northern Chad by scholars and passionate travellers. In the Ennedi region, relatively recent painted scenes of daily life occur, but also earlier human figures and rare events such as a leopard hunt. However, what is really characteristic of this region are the galloping mounted horses and camels, painted in original styles. Interestingly, the DStretch® plugin to ImageJ© has recently made it possible to see that in some cases the visible paintings are superimposed on older, faint images, very different in style and barely discernible to the naked eye. In some cases, paintings in an archaic style are revealed where just blurry spots appear on rocks. Farther to the east on the Ennedi plateau, the Niola Doa groups of intricately decorated human figures stand out as a superlative example of Saharan art. The focus of the volume is the most significant art, blended into the spectactular landforms of the region. We can only imagine the Ennedi landscape at the time the artists were decorating the rock surfaces with their pictograms and petroglyphs, but it must have been a sensational sight.

 

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Korokou the bright cattle herders
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Kernek a narrow pathway
160
A ladder at Tamada
163
Hohou cattle and other animals
165
Hohou Dahon in the middle of nowhere
168
Ndou the great valley
170
Gaora Hallagana caves and labyrinths
173
Sivré at the dawn of art
187

Etakou a crazy race
46
Cheré a fashion show
47
Nohi and the phantom cow
51
Tegaou naive portraits
54
Bamena life in a small village
55
Goughi and the bird ladies
57
Kassala the magic mountain
59
Breyala the hidden labyrinth
64
Homechi lively horses and lazy giraffes
65
Baba the thousandandone gueltas
68
Terkey and the flying gallop
71
Tokou the metamorphosis 91 18 Dibirké the crowded hill
97
Chigueou the citadel
99
Dahili Tili a southern shelter
102
Deli the mystery of the red heads
103
The enigma of Ga Kowrou
111
Achiwili domes and pillars
117
Ovayké the rocky maze
119
Sosola the invisible men
124
Nabar ephemeral fascination
126
Keymena a surprising ceiling
127
Egmé China the dogheaded people
129
Aroué men and dogs
134
Elikeo the treasure trove
135
Guili Dweli the sun people
144
Douhé cattle on the plateau
146
White elephants at Guerbé China
149
Ketara an arduous passage
151
Sini and the white herdsman
154
Chebi the acacia valley
157
Delebo a vanishing art gallery
197
Erichigué the amusing farm
200
Fada the talking mountain
201
Koko and the harp players
205
Djerta the green valley
207
Bakabi the oryx land
211
Hokoli and the dwarf creature
212
Ehi Tighi the mountain home
215
Beijoua into the wild
217
Erdebeché on the rhinos trail
222
Bodhoué and the highlanders
224
Soboro one man in a boat
226
Kadarala the silent sentinels
230
Kettebi the wall
231
Samporo the land of the arches
232
Bichagara on the edge of the sky
233
Kurta the cattle frieze
236
Anoa the faroff landscape
237
Mogoro off the beaten path
239
The cow and the circles
241
Tenebyela the elephant hills
242
Diona between sands and stones
244
Baffling grids at Azrenga
246
Guirchi the procession
248
Niola Doa and the dancing maidens
251
Addendum Koran Sabi Niola Broué Kika Arsa Koboué Latchi Gobé Howeli Zegheranga Sakila Manda China Eho Kouma Owourtaile Kaorkité Adou...
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Maps
284
Photo credits
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References
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