Ennedi highlands

Figure 4. Mornou : Often the individuality of single animals is emphasised through a very peculiar pattern of the coat, sometimes even in non-natural patterns. This could possibly suggest that the skin of the cattle may have been painted in reality, such as can be found among some African pastoralist groups of today.

Figure 5. Mornou : Engravings of cattle are much rarer than paintings in the Ennedi but this very careful depiction shows many details and indicates the high esteem of cattle that seems to have belonged to a cattle centered ideology (cf. "cattle complex").

Figure 6. Mornou : In depictions of cows with their calf the painters often empasised the genealogical sequence by a very same pattern of the coat even if it was a non-natural pattern.