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Painting of the "Round Head" school.
Sefar - Tassili of Tamrit

Saharan rock art was made known to the general public by the exhibition " Prehistoric Paintings of the Sahara ", organised at the Marsan Pavillion in Paris in December 1957. This exhibition displayed the main results of Henri Lhote's mission to the Tassili-n-Ajjer in 1956 and 1957.

Painting of the "Iheren-Tahilahi" school.
Iheren - Tadjelamine Plateau.

Map of the Tassili-n-Ajjer with the main rock art stations described by H. Lhote

Painting of the "Round Head" school.
Tan Zoumaitak - Tassili of Tamrit


Lhote's discoveries made known a vast number of images of all periods, mainly paintings. They were presented in the form of sumptuous, full-size colour "reproductions".

Very quickly, Lhote proposed a carefully thought-out classification, hinging on a credible artistic history.


Engraving of a lying-down gazelle, "Naturalistic Bubaline" school.
Ti-n-Terirt - Dider Plain.


The rock art of the Tassili now took its place - well-deserved - alongside the great artistic groups of the Mediterranean region, such as Egyptian art, Cretan Art and Franco-Cantabric Palaeolithic art.


Painting of a "flying gallop" horse and chariot, "Caballine" period. Telmest - Central Tassili

Painting, "Abaniora" school.
Abaniora - Tadjelamine Plateau






Paintings, "Camel" period.
Wadi Aharar. Central Tassili

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