In Ethiopia prehistoric man left a wealth of cave paintings!
Ethiopia with its varied relief and its variety of climates offered a home to man during all the periods of his development. Early man was also an artist of considerable ability. Vivid drawings of daily life are to be found in caves in several places in southern Ethiopia, particularly in limestone caves at the bottom of the escarpment to the west of Dire Dawa. That some of these paintings, like those near to Dire Dawa, have been dated as being 40,000 years old. Form these early beginnings painting become a major art form in ancient and medieval Ethiopia. Parchment scrolls dating back to the 11th century can still be seen in Ethiopia’s museums, churches and monasteries. Contemporary Ethiopian artists are building upon this rich tradition and moving with it into today’s art scene.