Ennedi, Tales on stone. Rock art in the Ennedi massif - Roberta Simonis, Adriana Ravenna, Pier Paolo Rossi


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    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.


    In search of lost time Ennedi, landforms and art Exploring the unknown

    1. “Grande Riparo”, the amazing chaos
    2. Manda Guili, an elusive beauty
    3. Archei, the gorgeous canyon
    4. Baradergolo, a graceful ballet
    5. Taolé Kokoli, beware of the leopard
    6. Etakou, a crazy race
    7. Cheré, a fashion show
    8. Nohi and the phantom cow
    9. Tegaou, naive portraits
    10. Bamena, life in a small village
    11. Goughi and the bird ladies
    12. Kassala, the magic mountain
    13. Breyala, the hidden labyrinth
    14. Homechi, lively horses and lazy giraffes
    15. Baba, the thousand-and-one gueltas
    16. Terkey and the flying gallop
    17. Tokou, the metamorphosis
    18. Dibirké, the crowded hill
    19. Chigueou, the “citadel”
    20. Dahili Tili, a southern shelter
    21. Deli, the mystery of the red heads
    22. The enigma of Ga Kowrou
    23. Achiwili, domes and pillars
    24. Ovayké, the rocky maze
    25. Sosola, the invisible men
    26. Nabar, ephemeral fascination
    27. Keymena, a surprising ceiling
    28. Egmé China, the dog-headed people
    29. Aroué, men and dogs
    30. Elikeo, the treasure trove
    31. Guili Dweli, the sun people
    32. Douhé, cattle on the plateau
    33. White elephants at Guerbé China
    34. Ketara, an arduous passage
    35. Sini and the white herdsman
    36. Chebi, the acacia valley
    37. Korokou, the bright cattle herders
    38. Kernek, a narrow pathway
    39. A ladder at Tamada
    40. Hohou, cattle and other animals
    41. Hohou Dahon, in the middle of nowhere
    42. Ndou, the great valley
    43. Gaora Hallagana, caves and labyrinths
    44. Sivré, at the dawn of art
    45. Delebo, a vanishing art gallery
    46. Erichigué, the amusing farm
    47. Fada, the talking mountain
    48. Koko and the harp players
    49. Djerta, the green valley
    50. Bakabi, the oryx land
    51. Hokoli and the dwarf creature
    52. Ehi Tighi, the mountain home
    53. Beijoua, into the wild
    54. Erdebeché, on the rhino’s trail
    55. Bodhoué and the highlanders
    56. Soboro, one man in a boat
    57. Kadarala, the silent sentinels
    58. Kettebi, the wall
    59. Samporo, the land of the arches
    60. Bichagara, on the edge of the sky
    61. Kurta, the cattle frieze
    62. Anoa, the far-off landscape
    63. Mogoro, off the beaten path
    64. The cow and the circles
    65. Tenebyela, the elephant hills
    66. Diona, between sands and stones
    67. Baffling grids at Azrenga
    68. Guirchi, the procession
    69. Niola Doa and the “dancing maidens”
    70. Addendum. Koran, Sabi Niola, Broué, Kika, Arsa, Koboué, Latchi, Gobé, Howeli, Zegheranga, Sakila, Manda China, Eho Kouma, Owourtaile, Kaorkité, Adougou, Soro Kezenanga, Saodomanga (Nabara), Barakatra Maps

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