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The "Niola Doa-like" paintings of Ouadi Eli
3D survey of the Ennedi Rock Art. Crosses and a sticky animal superimpose three faint human figures painted in the mid-section of the Eli shelter bottom wall (CRGB colour space). The silhouette of the tallest figure (40 cm tall) closely matches the second figure from the right in the famed engraved panel known as the Niola Doa “lost site” (Simonis et al. 1998), once this figure is horizontally reflected. The three faded figures considered together reproduce the well-known constant association of large “fat” humans of dubious gender identification wearing only body decorations, with much smaller figures in a skirt, certainly women.
Menardi Noguera Alessandro 2017. The Archaic and Niola Doa-like paintings of the Eli-1 shelter (Ennedi, Chad). BCSP Bollettino del Centro Camuno di Studi Preistorici - vol. 43, in press