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Title:The Saharan 'girafe lien' in Rock Art. Domesticated Giraffe or Rain Animal? Comparing Enigmatic Giraffe Petroglyphs from Sahara and Namibia
Author:Van Hoek, Maarten
Periodical:Sahara: Prehistory and History of the Sahara
Geographic terms:Sahara
Subjects:rock art
History and Exploration
Anthropology and Archaeology
Architecture and the Arts
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:It is not rare to find the depiction in rock art of various species of animals being captured and/or domesticated. The so-called 'girafe lien' ('tethered giraffe') phenomenon present in Sahara rock art is compared here with 'similar' motifs found in rock art in Namibia. The possibility is, therefore, considered that the 'girafe lien' might have represented a metaphor evoking the concern for water and/or fertility. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in English, French and Italian. [Journal abstract]