Meaning in Ancient North Arabian Carvings

By Kerstin Eksell
December 2002
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01955-3
188 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/4" x 9 1/2"
$58.50 Paper Original


Contents include: Defining Ancient North Arabian Carvings: Thamudic, Lihyanic, Safaitic, Nabataean; Basic characteristics of ANA carvings; Constituents of rock art; functions of rock art; comparison graffiti; the Pictures; the Sacral Function: grave markers, graffiti with a sacral connection in other languages, some Islamic Arabic graffiti, sacrality of landscape; Image and Myth: man and animal, synecdoche referring to animals in pre-Islamic poetry, pictorial narrative, hero of the romance; Summary and conclusions.

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