Rock Art in Russian Far East and in Siberia

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TRACCE no. 11 – by † Burchard Brentjes


Rock Art in Russian Far East and in Siberia. A bird’s eye view over a continent.
There are about half a million of petroglyphs known in Siberia and the Far East of Russia. Mobody knows up to now how many are still to be discovered


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There are about half a million of petroglyphs known in Siberia and the Far East of Russia. Nobody knows up to now how many are still to be discovered. At any rate these documents of history deserve to be studied and added to the hoard of world culture. They are original sources for the history of the different peoples in Central and North-eastern Asia before the beginning of written texts there. These sources of history are difficult to read as the other rock art, too. A bird’s eye view is given about the main groups of rock art in Siberia and Russian Far East with an introductory bibliography. They are dated post diluvial, a big group into the 2nd and 1st millennia BC. Only a part is painted, while the majority is scratched or picked.

The vast region from the Pacific to the Urals with its about 10000 km length houses a great number of sites with rock art. They form a lot of local groups and date from the Palaeolithic up to our time. There are known single sites with more than 100000 drawings, so that here only a bird’s eye view could be given. I devote this paper to the memory of Alexey Okladnikov, one of the pioneers of the investigations in Siberian rock art who had worked in many fields from the Amur to the Tom, so I can base my report in main on his publications. He was an enthusiast of his job, and when a typical Soviet reception was given on occasion of his 75th birthday in his institute, he sent a cable “congratulation – I stay in the excavation” – the single case I know about.

The rock art in Siberia is rather uniform in the two main areas of life – the forest region in the north and the wooded steppe in the south. A special role played always the Altai, the connection between the western and the eastern steppes. The forest region along the Amur seems to have been a conservative zone keeping its art through the millennia.

In the northern area the population chose the elk as the main motif to express their feelings, while the western zone was dominated in the 2nd millennium BC by the two-wheeled carriage and in the 1st millennium BC by the Sakian “animal style”. Later petroglyphs reflect the nomadic life of the Huns and the Turco-Mongol people. The tribes settling along the Amur pronounced the human-like mask and a “skeleton” style – both reflecting a type of Shamanism. Masks are common in the forest area, too, and the elk may express some myths about the world according to fairy-tales in nowadays Siberia. The Sakian animal style gave many ideas in form of animals, but we cannot read them in details, though some connections are to be understood by Old Iranian believes.

The material presented here is far from being complete – it will give only an idea about the art on the rocks in Northern and Central Asia.

I. Far East – Lower Amur

The rock art is one of the main sources for the history of the tribes living in the wooded area at both sides of the Lower Amur. Several motives seem to indicate that the population did not change during the last millennia. The rock art was surveyed at the rivers Ussuri, Amur, and Suyfun. A big group of 19 decorated stones was found at the right bank of the Amur at Sakachi-Alyan.

Sakachi-Alyan, Lower Amur, “mask” and human sculls

Sakachi-Alyan, Lower Amur, elk in “skeletal style

The dominating motif is the “mask”, similar to human sculls (1) drawn in broad lines with big eyes, sometimes besides boats (2) and heavy animals (3) without horns – they represent bears. Other pictures show elks (4) (?) , cows (5), and riders on horseback (6). Some “masks” have a sort of body (7) in a “skeletal style” like various elks (8). A relatively well drawn bear is an exception (9). The same a man fleeing a bear (10). Volutes like on folk art textiles (11) are strange. Riders in an abstract style (12) seem to be intrusive. Swans repeat such figures in Altai art (13). Later drawings show riders, birds, and quadrupeds (14) found at Moj.

II. Yakutia and Buryatia

1. Rock art in the Lena area

The river system of the Lena contains several groups of rock art, with local and historical differences. The oldest parts are believed to have been made in the Late Palaeolithic Age, while the majority is Turko-Mongolian art.

At the Upper Lena the eldest ones were found at Kozlova (1) and Vorob’evo (2). They show mainly female and male elks, some of them completely picked, others only contoured.

Drawings of different ages were found at various sites, like at Tal’ma, where Turkish riders (3) were drawn over ancient elks (4). Some were overscratched by relatively recent riders, and animals in group or isolated(5)

Kozlova, Upper Lena, elk

 

Vorob’evo, Upper Lena, elks

Kulenga, Upper Lena, fighting scenes and houses

Similar paintings of the Turkish period were discovered at Bolshaya Pad’, at the ShamanKamen’ and at Podkamen’. In Kulenga (6) there are drawings with orthodox cross together with armed riders, in one case in a fight. Seldom are rows of dancers as at Kozlovo (7). Some late may be Russian – drawings show houses, boats and animals (8). Undatable anthropomorphic figures with raised arms and a head ending in three points were found at Kozlovo (9) and at Tal’man (10) They might be pre-Turkish and appear in Western Siberian art, too, while “masks” are seldom(11).

2. Rock art besides the Baikal

The existence of rock art near the lake Baikal is known since more than hundred years. The main sites are the Sayan-Zaba Bay, the Aya Bay, and the influence of the Angara into the lake.

Sayan-Zaba, Baikal

Bukhta Aya, Baikal, horned “devil” -“skeleton type” man

Okladnikov believed that two elk pictures at the Sakhyurte mountain had been made in the Stone Age, for they were found aside a working place for making stone tools. Okladnikov dated most of the drawings into the 2nd millennium BC and the latest one with reservation into the Early Turkish period. Here the main motif is the “devil” with two horns representing according to his opinion Shamans (1). Often water fowls – may be swans – were depicted (2). In the Bukhta Aya (3) there appear two men of “skeleton” type – Shamans as some stags are shown in this manner similar to animal style (4). Riders and hunters are seldom.

3. Transbaikalia

The surveyed area is the valley of the river Uda and its tributaries Ona, Sala, Onona, and Inogda. Rich in rock art are the cliffs of the mountain Khotogoy-Khabsagay, and the rocks of Titovskoy Sopka near Chita.

Khachurt, Transbaikalia, cemeteries?

Khotogoy-Khabsagay, Transbaikalia, cemeteries?

The dominant motives are here birds of prey. Okladnikov tried to identify them as eagle, falcon, hawk, and kite. They are shown either together or single on nearby all cliffs. It looks like that religious ideas are connected with them. Most pictures show birds and men and figures between them probably indicating a sort of flying up of the soul (?). Typical is the sketch at the Khotogoy-Khabsagay (1) , where human figures stand in a geometrical form filled with points; a row of birds are rising. Such structures – cemeteries ? – were repeated several times, for instance at Khachurt (2). The figures are rough and do not show details. The flying bird is depicted on bronze knives of the eastern animal style, possibly dating these pictures to the 1st millennium BC.

4. The region of the Angara

The valley of the Angara and its tributaries have mainly red paintings and scratchings. The paintings may be connected with the similar groups in Mongolia and Buryatia. The colour is ochre. The rock art at the Angara was studied by several scholars, but now most of them are submerged under the water of the artificial lake at Bratsk. Okladnikov had described twenty four sites in 1966. The dominant motif is the marching elk (1). Sometimes a fish (2) is shown. Other pictures represent the Baikal seal (3) , so at Kamennyy Ostrov 2. There are a lot of human beings and “devils” like figures with “horns” and tail (4). The men driving in boats are fishers (5). Late scratched pictures of riders on horseback might be Turko-Mongolian (6), the others are not datable. Several “masks” remind the Amur art (7).

Kamennyy Ostrov, Angara, elks

Kamennyy Ostrov, Angara

A common motif is a man on ski, sometimes as elk hunters (8). Rows of “dancing” figures appear at Kamennyy Ostrov (9). Some scratchings are Shamans drawn in “skeleton” style (10). There are to be seen also many very conventional boats. So the rock art of the Angara could be ascribed in part to the tribes of the forest and in part to Turkish intruders. The religious base was the Shamanism.

III. Mongolia

The mountains of Mongolia are filled by pictures from many millennia – from Palaeolithic till the Turko-Mongolian period. Most of the sites are atypical with single animals or groups of them, in main stag, goat, and sheep (1). Some of them remind the Sakian animal style as in Alarin-Gol (2). The cave Khoyt Cenker Aguli (3) deserves new survey for its importance. The red paintings may be the oldest ones in Central Asia. Besides cattle and horse (4) appear crane (5), mammoth (6), and antelopes. Volkov and Novgorodova (7) visited the cave again in 1969 and underlined the early date. Like Okladnikov both took the cranes as ostriches. They discovered petroglyphs (8) of a very stylised form below a neolithic level at Arshan Khad and mentioned different other sites with similar early glyphs. Both dated the pictures from the mount Chandoman’ into Neolithic and Chalcolithic times. Cattle, horses, and sheep are picked out partly in silhouettes. Besides these animals there are shown some snakes and birds.

The Khanym Khad (9) in Altai has numerous carriages with two wheels and horses. Similar pictures have been found at Jamaany, Cagaan Gol, Somon Bogd and other sites. Carriages were drawn later on the same cliffs in the Mongolian time (10). The pictures of eagles and “field” with men were found at several sites, so at Bogd Uul, Tuul, and Bood-Khulgan (11). Riders in heavy armour with Turkish runes come from Khar Khad (12). In the same period men were engraved ploughing-men with oxen (13) l detained report about the glyphs at Arca-Bogdo was published by Okladnikov (14). A review about rock art in Mongolia was written by Novgorodova (15)

IV. Altai – Tuva

1. Mountain Altai

The mountains of the Altai ridge were an important part of the nomadic area at least since the late 4th millenium BC. They served as a refugium in winter time, when the icy storms and the snow made the survival on the steppes in the north problematical. They were pass ways from southern Siberia to Mongolia and vice versa. Their valleys were harbours in winter and refugial resorts for surviving for parts of tribes butchered during tribal warfare. The valleys served as burial places for many fold folk and the circumstances – frozen soil, aridity and others – preserved a lot of important materials. But since the end of the nomadic empires the Altai was a lonely area between China and Russia and the mountains fell back in obscureness.

Elangash, hunting scenes and two-wheels carts

Elangash, hunting scenes

 

Elangash, yaks with packs on the back

Besides many cemeteries and Kurgans several areas were surveyed for rock art and again thousands of drawings were recorded. The problem of dating is open as usual, but several groups could be roughly identified by the motives and the style. Dominant are hunting scenes and single animals. Aside the river Elangash picked pictures were discovered besides some scratched ones. They show wild sheep, stags, yaks, dogs, horses, camels, birds, and human beings, mostly hunters or travellers. The hunters are represented shooting with bows and arrows, some by foot (1), others on a two-wheeled carriage (2), or on horsebacks (3). The walking hunters cannot be dated, while carriages might be referred to the 2nd and early 1st millennia BC. Cars are represented with the wheels seen from the side, the animals with the backsides towards the yoke and the driver in the same level as the car. Unusual are the pictures of caravans with loaden yaks (4), single yaks with packs on the back or with a camel (5).

Elangash, elks and stags

An exception is the rider with a banner (6), probably a Turkish picture. Some of the stags are drawn in the typical Sakian animal style (7), but the majority must be left undated. Two riders with their horses in “flying gallop” (8) could be of Hunnic period or later. Fighting men are rarely depicted (9). Most pictures are picked with the complete silhouette, but some horses are depicted only with the contour. They might be the oldest ones here (10). From a subsequent period we can find scratches with hunting scenes, riders, yurts, herding scenes (11) with camels and yaks (12), women (13) or fightings between men (14).

2. Middle Katun in Central Altai

Here were found principally pictures of stags, sheep, and goats, some of them show hunters as at Kuyas (1). The style is not very remarkably.

3. Sajan

Where the Yenisei pass the Sajan Canyon a lot of rock art sites were found (1) between them Ortaa-Sargol, the “way of Chingiz Khan” and Mugur-Sargol. The Bronze Age is represented by the usual hunting carriages (2) and wild animals, goats, sheep, cattle, stags, strange warriors or hunters with a hat – or helmet -, bows, and a bag (3).

The Early Iron Age is represented at the “way of Chingiz Khan” with stags in Scythian style (4). A fine boar in animal style was found at Ortaa-Sargol (5) together with Scythian stags (6). Hunnic-Sarmatian drawings show riding hunters and goats, stags and horses (7). Later petroglyphs show animals, between them caravans with camels (8).

V. Yenisei and Tom

1. Upper Yenisei – Tuva

The valley of the “Big river”, Ulug-Khema, in Tuva is a rich rock art area with several sites. The most impressive pictures represent more than seventy masks wearing horns, so appearing with a kind of demonic outfit (1). Devlet compared them with the famous stelae of the “Okunev” culture, better to say Tasmin culture, and the pictures from the Amur. They appear in groups and isolated. A strange one at Mugur-Sargol presents plans of houses with gardens or fields like in Val Camonica (2).

Ulug-Khema, Mugur-Sargol, Tuva, topographic engravings and masks

Ulug-Khema, Mugur-Sargol, Tuva

Some drawings with racing carriages may be dated into the Bronze Age, like the ones near the river Chinge (3) and at Mugur-Sargol (4). Another group is formed by animals in the Sakian animal style at Bizhiktig Khaya (5), Mozola-Khomuzadyg (6) and Malyy-Kol (7). Hunting scenes, riders, and men with yaks as carriers appear and might pertain to a later period.

2. Yenisei – Tuva Region

Three sites were republished in 1994 as Oglakhty I-III (1) in Khakasia. There are several pictures of cattle believed to be of Palaeolithic Age (2). The majority of the scratchings are from the 1st millennium BC, and some are typical of the Siberian animal style, as the man holding the reins of two horses (3) at Oglakhty I or the sitting goat at the same site. Other animals were picked completely or represented with atypical contours. They remind the “skeleton” style from the Far East.

Oglakhty, Tenisei – Tuva, animals, some in “skeleton style”

3. The river Tom

The rock art of the river Tom was known since the 17th century, but in the fifties of this century there were published new sites. Okladnikov tried to differentiate drawings from the 4th to the 1st millennia BC. The main motif is again the elk in several postures showing that this animal (1) had been of central importance in the whole forest area in Northern Asia. The human figures seem to be connected with the pictures of the elks. A part of the elks are shown as dying hit by javelins and arrows (2) and others seem to be tamed.

Tom

Besides the elk also owls (3), bears (4), herons, and other beasts are represented. Some stylised masks (5) and boats recall the eastern rock art.

VI. Ferghana

The most prominent site in the Ferghana valley is Saimaly-Tash with more than 100000 glyphs. They include ploughing scenes, wild and domesticated animals (1), and hunting chariots. They are dated from the Bronze Age to the end of the 1st millennium BC (2). At Aravan two fine horses were found. In Airymach-Tau near Osh similar pictures of horses from the 1st millennium BC were found.

Saimaly-Tash, Ferghana, ploughing scenes and hunting chariots

VII. Kazakhstan

The big area of Kazakhstan has in its eastern and southern parts long ranges of mountains showing many petroglyphs. Hundreds of sites has been already published. The drawings are relatively uniform and date to the 2nd and the 1st millennia BC. Besides them an unknown number of scratchings from a later time were found, in the region between the river Irtysh and the lake Balkhash down to the Syr Darya and in the area north-east of the lake Aral. One region should be referred, too, as an example – the Karatau ridge in Southern Kasakhstan (1). 2300 slabs with about 6100 scenes or motives were discovered. The oldest group are the carriages used for hunting and war. We have 49 cars depictions from several sites, between them Koybagar II (2).

Koybagar, hunting chariots

The publishers believe that the cattle on the glyphs represent wild beasts, because they were part of hunting scenes (3). The hunters shoot on goats, birds, and men (4) as at Koybagar II. The camels are frequently shown domesticated like the numerous dogs (5) in Arpauzen III. In the Semireche a man (?) with a sun as head appears in several sites as at Tamgaly (6). These pictures are explained as a Mithras-like god (7).

Arpauzen, hunting chariots

Pictures believed to have been made in the 1st millennium BC are less important, while dancing groups are difficult to be dated. The later rock art continued to the 20th century AD. Buddhist images with inscriptions were found in the Kapchagay ravine and are thought to be made in the 2nd century AD(8)– a doubtful date.

 

Burchard Brentjes
Eberhardstr.3
D :10367 Berlin

Notes

I. Far East – Lower Amur

  1. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 16-22, 24-25, 30,33-37, 40-42, 44-49, 51-57, 60-70, 76-79, 81-86, 88 r, 98-99, 103-104,107,109-126, 128-135, 137
  2. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 15,23,43,100-102,127,137
  3. Okladnikov, Amura 197 1, Plate 1 1, 12
  4. Okladnikov, Amiira 1971, Plate 28,39
  5. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 29
  6. Okladnikov, Amura 197 1, Plate 43
  7. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 73
  8. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 72,74,75
  9. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 78
  10. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 80
  11. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Taf.87-88
  12. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 96-97
  13. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 128-129
  14. Okladnikov, Amura 1971, Plate 138-141

II. Yakutia and Buryatia

1. Rock art in the Lena area

  1. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 156
  2. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 178-193
  3. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 29,31-49, 54 a.o.
  4. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 49-50, 56, 58,65 a.o.
  5. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 43,81-84 a.o.
  6. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 127-128,130,132
  7. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 155
  8. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 155,189 a.o.
  9. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 156
  10. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 56
  11. Okladnikov, Lena, 1977, Plate 98

2. Rock art besides the Baikal

  1. Okladnikov, Sibirii, 1974, Plate 4-10,19
  2. Okladnikov, Sibirii, 1974, Plate II, 12,13,14,15
  3. Okladnikov, Sibirii, 1974, Plate 25-26
  4. Okladnikov, Sibirii, 1974, Plate 11-12

3. Transbaikalia

  1. Okladnikov, Zaporozhskaya,Petroglify, 1970, Plate 18
  2. Okladnikov, Zaporozhskaya,Petroglify, 1970, Plate 60,63,65

4. The region of the Angara

  1. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 120,11,19,20,22-26,34-38,50-75,130,153-156
  2. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 28,44,45,47,60,91
  3. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 65,68,76
  4. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 1,3,4?,8,9,16,95,105,109,156 a.o.
  5. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 8,9,11
  6. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 13
  7. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 32-33
  8. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 38-39
  9. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 82-85,88,90
  10. Okladnikov, Angary, 1966, Plate 159,161.168

III. Mongolia

  1. Okladnikov, Chulatyn Gola, 1981
  2. Okladnikov, Chulatyn Gola, 198 1, Plate 27 a. o.
  3. Okladnikov,A.P.: Central (1)no-asiatskiy Ochag pervobytnogo iskussvta, Novosibirsk 1972
  4. Okladnikov, 1972, to p. 20. Plate 3 and 4
  5. Okladnikov, 1972, to p. 21, fig. 20
  6. Okladnikov, 1972, to p. 24
  7. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 45
  8. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 51-53
  9. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 78-80
  10. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 78
  11. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 104
  12. Novgorodova, 1980, p. 214-215
  13. Novgorodova, 1980, fig. 217
  14. Okladnikov, A.P.: Petroglify central (1)noy Azii. Leningrad 1980
  15. Novgorodova, E.A.: Mir petroglifov Mongolii. Moscow 1984

IV. Altai – Tuva

1. Mountain Altai

  1. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 2, 1; 5,5; 8,5; 10, 23,6; 24,2; 3 2, 1; 3 5,3 8,61,62, 84, I; 86, 87,2;89,1
  2. Okladnikov a.o., Elangash,1979, Plate 4, 7,5; 8,6,7; 9,1,2,4; 10, 32,1; 33,34,35, 36,1; 37,7; 40, 41,42,4; 48,3; 52,54,8; 59,3; 66,1; 76,1; 83,1
  3. Okladnikov a.o., Elangash,1979, Plate 1,3- 10,18,3-29,5-80,1,88,8
  4. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 7,3,5; 12, 1; 16, 1; 17,3; 32, 1; 3 7,2
  5. Okladnikov a.o., Elangash,1979, Plate 89,1
  6. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 68,1
  7. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 3 0, 72, 74, 1; 88 a. o.
  8. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 1
  9. Okladnikov a.o., Elangash, 1979, Plate 18,1
  10. Okladnikov a. o., Elangash,1979, Plate 13, 28
  11. Okladnikov a.o., Petroglify, 1980, Plate 41
  12. Okladnikov a.o., Petroglify,1980, Plate 42,43,45,72,79,80
  13. Okladnikov a.o., Petroglify,1980, Plate 65,1
  14. Okladnikov a.o., Petroglify, 1980, Plate 70, 71

2. Middle Katun in Central Altai

  1. Okladinova, E.A.: Petroglyfy sredney Katuni. Novosibirks 1984

3. Sajan

  1. Devlet, M.A.: Petgroglify na kochevoy trone. Moscow 1982
  2. Devlet, 1982, Plate 1,2, fig. 8
  3. Devlet, 1982, Plate 9
  4. Devlet, 1982, Plate 10
  5. Devlet, 1982, Plate II
  6. Devlet, 1982, Plate 14
  7. Devlet, 1982, Plate 25-26
  8. Devlet, 1982, Plate 28-30

V. Yenisei and Tom

1. Upper Yenisei – Tuva

  1. Devlet, M.A. : Petroglify Ulug-Khema. Moscow 1976, fig. 4-7, 10-20, 68 a. o.
  2. Devlet, 1976, Plate 16,17
  3. Devlet, 1976, Plate 39,3
  4. Devlet, 1976, Plate 29
  5. Devlet, 1976, Plate 44,51,52
  6. Devlet, 1976, Plate 53,54
  7. Devlet, 1976, Plate 55

2. Yenisei – Tuva Region

  1. Sher, J., Blednova, N., Leglido N. and D. Smimov: Repertoire des petroglyphs d (1)Asie Centrale. In: Memoires de la Mission arch6ologique frangaise en Asie Centrale, T. V, 1, Paris 1994
  2. Sher a.o.,1994, fig. 8,1
  3. Sher a. o., 1994, fig. IO, 1
  4. Sher a. o., 1994, fig. 2 1, I

3. The river Tom

  1. Okladnikov, Martynov, Sokrovishcha, 1972, Plate 8,32,33 a.o.
  2. Okladnikov, Martynov, Sokrovishcha, 1972, Plate 48,56
  3. Okladnikov, Martynov, Sokrovishcha, 1972, Plate 22
  4. Okladnikov, Martynov, Sokrovishcha, 1972, Plate 98
  5. Okladnikov, Martynov, Sokrovishcha, 1972, Plate 123

VI. Ferghana

  1. Bernshtam 1952
  2. Kuz (1)mina, E.E.: Drevnejshic skotovody ot Urala do Tjank-Shana. Frunze 1986, fig. 36,5-6, 37, 2,4,5,6

VII. Kasakhstan

  1. Kadyrbaev, M. K. and A.N.Mar (1)yashev: Naskal (1)nye izobrazheniya Khrepta Karatau, Alma Ata 1977
  2. Kadyrbaev and Mar (1)yashev, Karatau, 1977, fig. 22
  3. Kadyrbaev and Mar (1)yashev, Karatau, 1977, fig. 24
  4. Kadyrbaev and Mar (1)yashev, Karatau, 1977, fig. 23
  5. Kadyrbaev and Mar (1)yashev, Karatau, 1977, fig. 58
  6. Agapov P. and M. Kadyrbaev: Sokrovishcha drevnogo Kazakhstana. Alma Ata 1979, p.138,143
  7. Nurmukhammedov, N.B.: Iskusstvo Kazakhstana. Moscow 1970, Plate 6
  8. Nurmukhammedov, Iskusstvo, 1970, Plate 36

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  1. Michael Engelhard says:

    I am currently researching a cultural history of the polar bear (for the University of Washington Press) and was wondering if someone knows of any Siberian rock art images that could be polar bears (other than the Pegtymel petroglyphs). Please contact me if yes.

    Best,
    Michael Engelhard
    (in Nome, Alaska)

    • Hans OSWALD says:

      Dear Michael – this from Siberia around 3500 BC:

      https://treeofvisions.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/blog-bear.jpg

      Here is one from Scandinavia:

      http://rockartbridge.com/images/cms/content/articles/03-08.png

      Another one from there:

      http://rockartbridge.com/images/cms/content/articles/03-11.png

      The large panel from Kameni 7 at Kanozero/Russia with tracks and a large bear on the right…

      http://rockartbridge.com/images/cms/content/articles/03-15.png

      Novaja Zalavruga/Russia:

      http://rockartbridge.com/images/cms/content/articles/03-16.png

      Here is a noted bibliography on ber petroglyphs:

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      That’s it for today. Hope I have been of some help to you. Mx name is Hans Oswald from regensburg/Bavaria. If you go to etsy.com and look there for my shop MysticArtworks you find what I do for a hobby: Petroglyphs and stuff.

      You write about brars, I engrave and paint them! hahaha – it’s a small world.

      God bless and cheers

      Hans

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