- Museum number
Digital photograph (colour); view of granite rock shelter under large boulder showing white rock paintings, with a man standing beneath it. Laikipia, Kenya.
- Production date
08 May 2006 (date digitized)
March 1997 (original photograph)
File size: 119 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
- This huge granite boulder is used for meat-feasting ceremonies; a local Ndorobo stands beneath the rock overhang.
These rock paintings appear to correspond to the tradition of rock painting by initiated men from Maa- speaking societies during meat feasting activities. Traditionally, Samburu and Maasai men may not eat meat in their home compounds and so cook and eat livestock together, some distance away, often at rock shelter sites. During this time they may mark the shelter walls with images reflecting animal brand marks or clan symbols.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: KENLAI0060002 (TARA number)