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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.6595

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on a rock face, showing a raid scene with around twenty riders on horses, twenty human on foot, a horse and five unidentified quadrupeds distributed in two rows. To the upper row there are twenty infilled (red) riders on horses upright facing left, legs of horses splayed as if galloping. Interspersed throughout the horses there are three human figures upright facing front, with the hands to the left holding spears. To the lower row there is a group of thirteen infilled and red stick style human figures upright facing front, two red stick-style unidentified quadrupeds an infilled (red) horse turned to the side, facing down with its back to the left, with the head of horse turned backwards. Two of the human figures are within a red outlined circle (hut?) . A 10 cm photo scale has been fitted at the centre of the tableau. Terkei, Chad.
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  • Date

    • November 2012
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  • Dimensions

    • File size: 57.1 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    Close-up of 2013,2034.6581.

    The panel shows part of a complex scene probably depicting a raid. Riders are accompanied with unidentified quadrupeds (dogs?). The giraffes and camels seem to belong to a different chronology.

    The Ennedi Plateau is located at the north-eastern corner of Chad, on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. It is a sandstone massif carved by erosion in a series of superimposed terraces, alternating plains and ragged cliffs crossed by seasonal rivers (wadis). Unlike other areas in the Sahara with rock art engravings or paintings, the Ennedi Plateau receives rain regularly –if scarce- during the summer, and thus it is a more benign environment to human life that other areas placed to the north, as the Messak plateau, the Tassili or the Tibesti Mountains. However, its position far from the main trade routes made its rock art being unknown to Europe until the 1930’s, when Burthe d’Annelet gave notice of them and De Saint-Floris published the first paper on the subject. The main effort to document this rock art came in 1956-1957 when Gerard Bailloud documented more than 500 rock art sites within an area of just one sixth of the entire plateau.

    The depictions in the Ennedi Plateau can be broadly organized in the same periods and styles of the rest of Saharan rock art areas. Therefore, three main periods have been documented: the so-called archaic period –representing wild animals-, the bovine period (which has domestic cattle as the predominant animal) and a third, late period named the dromedary or Camel Period. However, there are several slight regional differences with respect to other Saharan regions. The first one is the absence of differentiated Horse and Camel Periods: in the Ennedi depictions both animals appear together, and thus they are included in a generic dromedary period (although horses were introduced earlier than dromedaries in the Sahara). Secondly, the oldest engravings in the Ennedi plateau are much more modern than those to the north, starting to appear at the 5th-4th millennia BC. Finally, the numerous cliffs and gorges at the Ennedi plateau house depictions of numerous local styles, sometimes contemporary to others, sometimes corresponding to successive periods. That variability means an enormous richness of techniques, themes and artistic conventions, with some of the most original depictions in Saharan rock art. Paintings are dominant in the sample, although engravings are relatively common in the area.

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  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.6595

  • Additional IDs

    • CHAENP0110021 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on a rock face, showing a raid scene with around twenty riders on horses, a riders on a camel, twenty human on foot, a horse and five unidentified quadrupeds. Middle row: twenty infilled (red) riders on horses upright facing left, legs of horses splayed as if running. Interspersed throughout the horses: three human figures upright facing front, hand to the left holding spear. Left: infilled (red) rider on infilled (white) horse upright facing right, hands holding spears? stick? Lower left: two infilled (white) unidentified quadrupeds upright facing right and left.  Lower row: thirteen infilled and stick style (red) human figures upright facing front, two stick-style (red) unidentified quadrupeds an infilled (red) horse turned to the side facing down with its back to the left, head of horse turned backwards. Outlined (red) circle hut? Leftmost: infilled (white) camel upright facing right. Camel Period. A 10 cm photo scale has been fi… (See Merlin record for full description)

Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on a rock face, showing a raid scene with around twenty riders on horses, a riders on a camel, twenty human on foot, a horse and five unidentified quadrupeds. Middle row: twenty infilled (red) riders on horses upright facing left, legs of horses splayed as if running. Interspersed throughout the horses: three human figures upright facing front, hand to the left holding spear. Left: infilled (red) rider on infilled (white) horse upright facing right, hands holding spears? stick? Lower left: two infilled (white) unidentified quadrupeds upright facing right and left. Lower row: thirteen infilled and stick style (red) human figures upright facing front, two stick-style (red) unidentified quadrupeds an infilled (red) horse turned to the side facing down with its back to the left, head of horse turned backwards. Outlined (red) circle hut? Leftmost: infilled (white) camel upright facing right. Camel Period. A 10 cm photo scale has been fi… (See Merlin record for full description)

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