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Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art showing numerous engravings spread over cracked sections of rock and nearby rocks. Top boulder cracked into three distinct panels. Top left: four figures facing forwards; centre two figures are crudely pecked with arms bent and raised; two figures on each side have arms down by sides and wear knee-length garments and wear headdress/coiffure (?) Top centre: large figure on left of panel facing forwards with block-pecked round head and arms raised; another figure facing forward in centre of panel wearing short garment and three plumes emanating from head. Two block-pecked elephants facing right. Others figures include cattle, antelope, giraffe, ostrich and other unidentified animals. Many superimpositions. Top right: Superimposed engravings include human figures, giraffe, elephant (?), antelope (?), ostrich and unidentified animals. Far left: human figures, giraffe, cattle (?) and horse and riders. Bottom: two figures facing forwards with elaborate headdresses; figure on left wearing garment. Animals include antelope, cows and unidentified animals. Tagueit, Aïr, Niger.
- Production date
February 2002 (original photograph)
31 January 2008 (date digitized)
File size: 119 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
For close up of figures on left side of main boulder see 2013,2034.9536. For close ups of boulder on top left see 2013,2034.9531, 9539 and 9540. See also 2013,2034.9531-9541.
Niger incorporates both the Sahel (savannah) and the Sahara (desert). The majority of the country’s rock art is located in the northern desert area, in and around the Aïr Mountains, a triangular massif rising to more than 1,800 m (5,900 ft) and extending over 84,000 km2 (32,000 sq mi). In the 1920s a British explorer and army officer Major Gen. Francis Rodd made two great expeditions to the region, documenting some of the rock art as part of a wider study of the Tuareg. French archaeologist Henri Lhote undertook major recording programmes throughout the 1960s and 1970s, using his students to record, trace and publish on several thousand engravings. Predominantly consisting of engravings, the majority of depictions in this region falls within the so-called Libya Warrior period or style of art, dating between 1,500 -3,000 years ago. This period of art has been characterised as depicting horses either with so-called Libyan Warrior figures with metal weapons, or with chariots and charioteers. Approximately, 1,000 engravings of warriors have been recorded from the Aïr Mountains in Niger as well as the Adrar des Iforas in Mali. One of the most celebrated sites of rock engraving is at a place called Dabous to the west of the mountains. Here, two life size giraffe were carved on the top of an outcrop, and may be up to 6,000 years old.
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- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: NIGEAM0060156 (TARA number)