About the book
Rock art is a vital archaeological source to study and
analyze the cognitive evolution of the human intellect across the
world and is believed to be the first creative act of humankind, when
there was no organized life and no political boundaries. It is
primarily a tangible reflection of an intangible cultural heritage and
reflects the ancient human psyche. In order to contemplate on these
concepts in depth, it is necessary to identify the earliest
reflections of the human mind within its cultural and behavioral
The collaborative venture between India and China in
the field of rock art studies has opened new horizons for cultural
cooperation between the two nations. Comprehensive studies in this
field will help in opening up and revealing the antiquity of both the
countries in time and space.
The present volume is an outcome of the research and
display materials of the exhibition on ‘Rock Art of India’ held at The
World of Rock Art Museum, Yinchuan, China in 2014-15 and ‘India-China
Rock Art Exhibition-cum-Workshop’ held at IGNCA, New Delhi in 2016. It
covers the rock art of India and China in two sections primarily
focusing on the research, discovery, documentation and protection of
rock art in both India and China. Both these nations are fortunate
enough in possessing one of the largest concentrations of this
precious and earliest world heritage. Rock art of both these countries
possess a large body of evidence for human artistic, cognitive and
cultural beginnings and its importance lies mainly in its
archaeological and ethnological contexts.
The present beautifully illustrated volume aims to
boost and promote rock art research both in India and China. It will
not only interest scholars and students but also the people at large.
It is also an important step in the journey of exploring together, the
source of creative energies and modes of expression of our ancestors.
It will certainly contribute to rectify and enhance our vision of rock