Beautiful Ladies . . . and two giraffe

16 March 2009 at 7:53 am 1 comment

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         I love the look, feel, age and stories surrounding the rock art that’s found all over the world. It is always so elegant, with an economy of line that resonates with modern sensibilities. “Beautiful Ladies” is the name given to the women in this piece of rock art from Chad (below, left), which I’ve used in both the orange wall hanging (below, right) and a piece of wearable art, the vivid green scarf at right.

These bountiful, full-figured women are etched with beautiful geometric designs.  It’s difficult to fathom the age of this art, thought to be more than 3,000 years old.  Human figures are much more common in African than in European rock art.  The giraffe are also stately and beautifully drawn on the Nigerian rock art example I used as a starting point.  (These giraffe are the largest known petroglyph in the world.)  The scarf is covered with ancient glyphs found in archeological sites in Turkey and explained in Marija Gimbutas’ book The Language of the Goddess

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If you click on any of the pictures above, you’ll go to sites where you can read more about African rock art and the work of Marija Gimbutas.

The green scarf is for sale at The Joyful Jewel in Pittsboro, North Carolina.  Do say “hi” to my friend Mariah if you stop by!

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  • 1. Kate  |  16 March 2009 at 5:05 pm

    This is fascinating! I bookmarked the site to read lots more. Makes me want to paint some giraffes “the face of a camel and the spots of a leopard”
    I’ll go see Mariah if it ever stops raining…

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