- Museum number
Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art showing figures of four schematic cattle with blocks for fore and hind legs. The figures are all upright, facing left and right, with the leftmost three having horns growing directly from the shoulders with no heads or necks and the rightmost the most schematic. They are surrounded by unidentified curvilinear shapes in white along with two crossed circles in white to the left and a set of fine horizontal parallel lines bisected by a vertical white line cut off at the bottom of the image. A 10cm photo scale has been fitted at the base of the image. Kakapel, Kenya.
- Production date
March 1997 (original photograph)
09 May 2006 (date ditigized)
File size: 120 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
Detail of 2014,2013.13626.
The site of Kakapel is located in the hills around Chelelemuk south of Mount Elgon near the Uganda border. There are three adjacent shallow south-facing shelters at the base of a 200m granite outcrop which contain rock paintings, most of which is concentrated in the central shelter with some also found in the western shelter and none in the other. The rock art at Kakapel has many layers of superimposition, with red and white geometric images, potentially of Batwa origin covered by images of cattle.
The site was first published by Osaka Odak in 1977, with documentation carried out by the Trust for African Rock Art first in 1997 and again in 2002, highlighting graffiti damage from the intervening period. Further research at the site has been made more recently with the Rock Art Research Institute of the University of Witwatersrand and the National Museums of Kenya.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: KENMTE0010018 (TARA number)