African hunter-gatherers

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Africa has four main hunter-gatherer rock art zones. Each zone has its own particular manners of depiction and these are described and illustrated here.

Within each zone one finds considerable regional variation, but, broad and common uses of colour, technique, subjects and symbolism suggest that each is a particular and distinctive artistic tradition. The subjects and symbolic concerns of each tradition are very different, but they are united by a common concern with the spirit world and with spirit world forces.

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