Pictographs – Dhofar.

All images have been colour shifted to try & enhance the art for viewing – several being very faint and smudged through weathering & age. As can be seen, these pictographs are a form of rock art that is totally different from that found in northern Oman. It portrays images of the camel interspersed with horses and their rider: there are clusters of dots & lines seen as well; the significance of these is not known, although it has been suggested by some, probably notational.
Domesticated by humans in southern Arabia, the Camel seems to have arrived around 3,000 BCE and following a 2010 discovery of artefacts dated between 6590 and 7250 BCE in south-western Saudi Arabia, which appeared to portray horses, they arrived much earlier.
The age of this art is not really known but probably first or second millennium BCE.
This is only a small representation of the art found in Dhofar: it would need more time than I had available for a comprehensive presentation.

8 thoughts on “Pictographs – Dhofar.

  1. Great! I wonder if I can steal some of these to put into my “History of the Horse in Art” presentation?????? There’s a huge ‘gap’ in wall art from around 10,000 up to Assyrians and Egyptians….its like they suddenly learned how to draw!! Mind you the very prehistoric people definitely knew how. Such a darn shame they didn’t how to write!

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