Ancient Sahara

Ancient Sahara
In the painting depicting the culture of the Ancient Sahara, we are inside the cave, which is itself within the mountain. Another view of the mountain, with the profile of an ancient woman, can be seen on the horizon with the crescent moon overhead. This echoes the horned¬†headdress¬†of the central figure, based on rock art from Aouanrhet in western Libya. Accompanying her are cows, giraffes, elephants and camels from other rock and cave art found in the Sahara and dating back to approximately 10,000-7000 BC, when the Sahara was a more verdant place, somewhat like the Serengeti now. The central figure is pregnant with the horns of the moon, which stand in for the horns of the cattle, which are the main source of food (milk, blood and meat) for the tribesmen who herd them. Some of the cattle are emerging (being “born”) from the cave into the landscape beyond, which is populated by the same beasts that are drawn on the inside of the cave. Water is also trickling from the cave to nourish the landscape beyond- thus is the earth feeding her progeny. Towards the bottom, the dead, in skeleton form, are seen to be returning to the earth from which they came.

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