5000-YEAR-OLD ROCK PAINTINGS – ANJUKULIPATTI PAINTINGS
21, Oct 2018
Prelims level : Art and Culture Mains level : Mains: Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- For centuries, the fear of curse and death prevented the local people from visiting Ezhuthuparai (rock with writings and paintings) in
- Anjukulipatti on the Natham-Dindigul Road.
- Believed to have been drawn between 3,000 and 3,500 BCE.Researchers spotted a panel of rock paintings belonging to a period between 3,000 BCE and 3,500 BCE.
- They are white in colour and the paintings are drawn using lime pigment mixed with animAal fat
- The panel has 56 paintings depicting tridents, spears, swords, horse and elephant riders, sacrifice of animals, mantras on energy and food, and lots of symbols.
- Though there are other paintings, they are in bad shape and cannot be deciphered.
- There are scenes either from a hunting expedition or a war. Similar paintings have been found in Sirumalai and the area is also a continuation of Sirumalai, though unexplored so far, He added that one important finding in the panel was a painting of sexual intercourse and a similar painting was found in Mallapadi in Dharmapuri district. Moreover, the human beings looked bulkier than they were in similar paintings found elsewhere.
Other Rock paintings
- Bhimbetka Caves, Foothills of Vindhya, Madhya Pradesh. One of the oldest paintings in India and the world (Upper paleolithic).
Jogimara caves, Amarnath, Madhya Pradesh.