Sculptures In Africa

When Allie came for the Adventure II, she also brought with her photographs of things she suspected 'might be' rock sculptures of the same genre as at Angel's Lair.  She was right. Recently she made a hike back into the area and did some exploring where she did, in fact, expand her suspicion to actual discovery.
 
 


A Lizard Head


 


This rendition of a lizard head in left profile has similarities to the huge lizard head pointer at Angel's Lair. Unlike the Lair Lizard, this one has many composite faces upon it. Under the lizard's snout, for example,
there is the face of a smiling man.  Let your eye peruse the structure and you'll see other faces as well.
The Lair has many sculptures that are composites and subset images contributing to the overall image.
For example, the right eye of the sphinx is a composite of a panther head. This is a consistency that suggests  common origin. Also, to avoid the temptation to 'cloud watch' we established the protocol that all faces had
to be properly proportioned with the eyes, nose, and mouth in the proper and expected positions before it would be considered anything more than a freak of nature.
 



The Man in the Lizard


 


If you look carefully toward the lower center of the photo, you'll see the roughly hewn image of a person with his arms outstretched towards the left. Again, there are other images in the surrounding rock.
 



The Guardian Lion


 


The lion shows up many times. At Giza, he stands guard before the pyramid. At Angel's Lair, the lion is repeatedly seen in a protective role. There is a significant reversal in 'en guarde' status with this lion. At Angel's Keep, one significant carving shows a man with a dog at his feet. The message is that this area is well guarded and the dog will bite. In Allie's Africa carving, the lion stands guard over a person and, to be sure, the place as well. It takes no leap to realize the guarded person is Allie. In addition to this, there are other carvings well indicating the protected status of the place.
 



The Chorus of Seven


 


I see seven faces in this carving. Each pointing in a different direction. Usually, animals like lizards are used as directional pointers. This set deviates from that standard and references that certain 'people' are in the directions indicated as opposed to things. For instance, the large lizard head pointer directs to The City, a few miles away.
The city being a 'thing'. These carvings direct towards 'people'.