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Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art showing two red squares enclosing figures and script. Left: double outlined ‘box’ shape enclosing red stick figure with beak (?) no legs, with triangular skirt. Arms (wings?) are bent and raised to sides, right side hand holding object with rounded base and vertical strands (basket?); Libyan-Berber script underneath figure. Right: red square enclosing similar figure but with no head and not holding an object. Libyan-Berber script underneath figure. Between two squares faded and crudely drawn quadruped with rider facing right. Horse-Camel Period (?) A 10cm photo scale has been fitted at the bottom right of the tableau. Afforzighiar, Libya.
- Production date
- 11 March 2008
File size: 69.90 megabytes
Resolution: 300 dots per inch
- Curator's comments
- Referred to by TARA as the Horse Site.
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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- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: LIBAKA0300034 (TARA number)