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POST-PALEOLITHIC ANTHROPOMORPHIC AND ZOOMORPHIC PAINTINGS ON ROCK WALL



Fig. F48) Painting in under rock shelter.
Dancing women (and animals)
Material Culture: Mesolithic
Size: very small.
Cogul (Spain)
(Drawing image defaced in conservation).


32A5) Procession of hunters painted in a shelter under rock.
Size: ?
This type of painting begins in the Mesolithic and continues near the Buschmen in South Africa until our days.
In South Africa, probably, near Buschmen with different cultural tradition, are present zoomorphic rock graffiti. ( see Fig. 33A6).

Fig. 32A6) Men "giraffes" and animals in South Africa.
This painting is extremely interesting for the "lengthened style vertical" of the men. The animals, probably, have been painted in posterior age, and have a "realistic style". Onlooker is also the antelope in close-up, that is painted in perspective, looks at in fact before two posterior legs, and after, at the inside, the two front legs; generally, in the prehistoric painting of paleolithic tradition, the animals are painted in lateral view.
Size: This work must have two datings, one for the men, and another for the animals, in how much the painting is overlapped.

Fig. 32A7) Men and animals (drawing of the defaced painting).
Titled "the white man".
Localization: Brandberg, South Africa.
This work is a superimposition of greater figure to other smallest ones, therefore it must have two datings like Fig. 32A6.
The superimpositions of paintings and engravings are found also in the upper Paleolithic in Europe in the caves that have been more along places of cult. It is probable that, when the ritual had to be made, if no free walls were,it was painted on previous paintings.
(from H. Breuil)






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