Rock art


African rock art offers a fascinating window into the continent's past. It attests to the creativity and spirituality of African peoples over thousands of years. Do you own any such works of art? Have them appraised by a specialist to discover what they're worth, and gain invaluable insight into their mysterious history.

Rock art

African rock art: a fascinating dive into history

African rock art, using a variety of techniques, from engraving to painting to sculpture, has its origins in the continent’s prehistory. Natural pigments, such as ochre and charcoal, were used to create vivid colors, many of which have stood the test of time.

The motifs found in African rock art also vary considerably from region to region. They reflect local cultural traditions, as well as interactions with the environment. Most African rock engravings, however, depict scenes of daily life, animals, human figures or religious symbols.

The Sahara, the Awash Valley in Ethiopia, Tassili n’Ajjer in Algeria and the Ennedi massif in Chad, are some of the richest areas for finding African petroglyphs. The paintings There are thousands of years old and survive thanks to the arid nature of the environment, keeping a precious part of Africa’s artistic heritage alive.

Today, African rock art continues to inspire and intrigue researchers and artists alike. These relics take us back in time, offering unique insights into prehistoric African societies and their interaction with the world around them.

Appraise your African rock art objects

With the beginnings of African rock art dating back almost 50,000 years, appraisal requires specialist skills. Your African art expert must have sound knowledge of archaeology, anthropology and art history.

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To determine the value of African rock art, an expert will assess the quality of the work in question – its artistic, historical and cultural value. They will determine its geographical origin and date its creation. They will also analyze the materials used (type of stone, pigments, etc), as well as the techniques employed (engraving, sculpture or painting).

The primary aim of an art appraisal is to determine the value of the work. This value depends on its intrinsic quality, but also on the art market, where supply and demand play an influential role. This information will feed into a file that brings to light all the secrets of your African rock art, from its symbolism to its history.

Finally, your ethnic art specialist will give you valuable advice on how to best preserve your African rock art collection


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Appraising ancient African art: a treasure not to be underestimated