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The life-size cattle figures of the Délébo Cave
3D Survey of the Ennedi rock art. The Délébo Cave in the Ennedi (Chad) is the most important archaeological site excavated by Gérar Bailloud in the Ennedi, during the “Mission aux Confins du Tchad”, in the 1956-1957 years. The oldest recovered pottery is of the wavy-line type (V millennium BC). The cave is decorated with few polished engravings, including an anthropomorphic figure and a giraffe, attributable to the pre-pastoral period. Painted cattle figures in the Tamada style (recent pastoral period), some depicted in life-size, are arranged in two groups converging towards the cave bottom. Human depictions are few and painted in small size respect to the cattle. The painted section of the cave is 21 meters wide and 25 meters high (paintings extend from the ground up to 4 meters). The 3D survey is multi-scale (two meshes). Enhancement of paintings, quite faded, is by DStretch (LDS colour space).
Bailloud Gérard, 1997. Art rupestre en Ennedi. Ed. Sépia, 154 p.