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Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art showing three figures. Left: red round head figure facing forwards, outlined in white, left side arm outstretched downwards carrying bag (?) and right side arm band holding object that extends inwards to torso. This figure superimposes a faded round head figure showing left side arm bent and raised and holding object aloft (?). Right: red roundhead figure facing forwards; arms hanging downwards. Wadi Tafak, Libya.
- Production date
- 12 March 2008
File size: 69.90 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
Detail from 2013,2034.1148-1151.
The massif of Tadrart Acacus, a vast mountainous region (more than 250 square km) which is today a desert, is situated in the Fezzan, to the east of the city of Ghat, bordering Algeria. The area is renowned for its diverse topography and landscape formations, from differently coloured sand dunes to arches, gorges, isolated rocks and deep ravines or wadis (dry river beds). Paintings and engravings of various styles are scattered throughout almost all the valleys. The landscape is particularly rich in rock art and was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 because of the significance of the rock paintings and engravings. Sporadically visited since the end of 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, the region became the subject of systematic investigation by Fabrizio Mori, who also published the first scientific papers on its rock art (1961), including a monograph (1965). In the late 1930s Paolo Graziosi formulated some initial interpretative hypotheses. Since then, the research has expanded to include a systematic survey of the area and stratigraphic excavations of archaeological deposits.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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Previous owner/ex-collection number: LIBAKA0330072 (TARA number)