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- The paintings of this period showed an interaction between cave dwellers with settled agricultural communities.
- Motifs like cross-hatched squares and lattices along with pottery and metals is seen depicted.
- More of animal figures were depicted in this period.
- Colours like white and red were used more than any other.
- During this period, there is increase in the number of paintings using the green and yellow colour.
- Most of the paintings concentrate on depicting battle scenes. There are many paintings of men riding horses and elephants. Some of them even carry bow and arrow which might indicate preparedness for skirmishes.
- Paintings from this period also have depictions of musical instruments like the harp.
- Some of the paintings have complex geometrical shapes like the spiral, rhomboid and circle.
- Remains of Chalcolithic paintings are found at Ashokan and Gupta Brahmi scripts. The other set of paintings from this period are at Narsinghgarh in Madhya Pradesh.
- Some of the paintings from the later period can be seen in the Jogimara caves in the Ramgarh hills in Surguja district of Chhattisgarh. These are dated to be painted around 1000 BCE.
- Chhattisgarh is also home to the variety of caves in the district of Kanker like the shelter of Udkuda, Garagodi, Khairkheda, Gotitola, Kulgaon, etc. These shelters depict the human figurines, animals, palm prints, bullock carts, etc. which show a higher and sedentary type of living.
- Similar paintings can be seen in the Ghodsar and Kohabaur rock art sites in the district of Koriya.
- Another interesting site is in Chitwa Dongri (Durg district) where we find a Chinese figure riding a donkey, pictures of dragons and agricultural sceneries.
Several interesting rock paintings have also been found in Limdariha in Bastar district and Oogdi, Sitalekhni in Sarguja district.