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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.285

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art on cliff face, showing five pecked animal figures: the outlines of three bulls, a giraffe, an ostrich and an unidentified figure, all facing right. The giraffe and one bull stand directly above the other two bulls in square formation. The ostrich and unidentified figure are superimposed by the bulls, the ostrich by the tail of the bull on the lower right and the unidentified figure by the front legs of the bull on the lower left. The bulls have grid style coat pattern decoration markings on the body; the ostriches and giraffe are infilled, with a darker patina than the cattle. The bull on the lower left has long, upturned horns where the others are hornless. Karkur Talh, Sudan.
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  • Date

    • 31 May 2006 (date digitized)
    • December 2000 (original photograph)
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  • Dimensions

    • File size: 120 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    This site is on rocks around the front of what was once a large pool at the foot of a dry waterfall, in the Karkur Talh box canyon.

    Karkur Tahl is the largest wadi (dry seasonal riverbed valley) in the sandstone eastern section of Jebel Uweinat, a granite and sandstone massif on the border of Egypt, Libya and Sudan. Karkur Talh is around 25 km long and lies mostly in Sudan, but partly within Egypt’s borders. There is an abundance of both painted and engraved rock art in shelters in the smaller side wadis. The engravings were first revealed to academia by Ahmed Hassanein in 1923 and a few photographs published in his report on the journey in National Geographic in 1924. A more comprehensive publication of rock art sites in Karkur Talh was made by Prince Kemal el Dine with Abbe Breuil in 1925 following his discovery of a painted cave in Karkur Talh. Further exploration and publications were made by numerous others including renowned explorer Ralph Bagnold’s expedition in 1931, with further exploration from László Almásy and Leo Frobenius in 1933. The largest professional exploration of the massif to date was made in 1968 by a team of Belgian scientists.

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  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.285

  • Additional IDs

    • SUDKTA0020025 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art on cliff face, showing five pecked animal figures: the outlines of three bulls, a giraffe, an ostrich and an unidentified figure, all facing right.  The giraffe and one bull stand directly above the o

Reproduced by permission of the artist. Copyright TARA/ David Coulson

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