The prehistoric art of Europe is hidden in subterranean caves. In Northern Africa it has survived on the surface of the ground. No prehistoric sculptures have been found, but rock walls in the Atlas region, and in various parts of the Sahara, are adorned with pictures which date largely from the Stone Age onwards.
The rock drawings in the Atlas mountains are mostly engraved or chipped linear figures representing animals. The age of the pictures is to some extent indicated by the species of animal. For example, drawings of the giant
Fig. 15 --The Lion of Djattou. Atlas Region
Naturalistic style (palæeolithic?).
H. over 4 ft.; L. over 6 ft.
(After Frobenius and Obermaier, Hadschra Maktuba.)
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Publication information: Book title: Primitive Art. Contributors: L. Adam - Author. Publisher: A. Lane, Penguin books. Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Eng.; New York. Publication year: 1940. Page number: 79.