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Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art showing stylised human figure, outlined in brown, upright and face on. Figure is central, with large round head and indistinct features, lines radiating from head and arms outstretched. Lower limbs invisible. To upper right is unidentified shape resembling another limb. Figure superimposes larger dark circle filled with dots. Very faded and flaked. At upper left finger and thumb of person holding photography reflector. A 10cm photo scale has been fitted at base of the image.Wadi Aheir, Libya.
- Production date
- 14 October 2009
File size: 69.90 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
- See also 2013,2034.2168 and 2169.
Tassili n’Ajjer is a mountainous sandstone plateau covering around 72,000km² in the mid-Sahara, largely situated in eastern Algeria but straddling the borders with Libya and Niger. The area is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its plethora of rock art, its geological attributes and its unique flora and fauna. Although previously known to the local Tuareg of the Kel Ajjer, the rock art was not discovered to academia until the 1930s, when the renowned French archaeologist and anthropologist, Abbé Henri Breuil was made aware of it by a French Legionnaire who had observed some sites. Ethnographer and explorer Henri Lhote went on to record and publish numerous images, leading to the mounting of a celebrated exhibition of Tassilian art at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1957-8. The rock art of Tassili n’Ajjer, has now been widely studied and discussed within the larger context of ‘Saharan Rock Art’, adjacent as it is to the Libyan ranges of Tadrart Acacus and Messak.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: LIBLTA0040005 (TARA number)