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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.12846

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on the underside of an overhang over water showing lines in white. Enkinyoi, Kenya.
    Born digital

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 16 August 2012
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • File size: 69.9 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    This site is situated on the Kitengela plain, south of Nairobi. The red paintings at this site were made by Maasai morans or warriors. Initiated men from Maa- speaking societies traditionally make such paintings during meat feasting activities when they 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. The white concentric circles may be older, of Batwa (hunter-gatherer) authorship.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.12846

  • Additional IDs

    • KENKAJ0030008 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on the underside of an overhang over water shwiong lines in white.  Enkinyoi, Kenya.  Born digital

Digital photograph (colour); view of painted rock art on the underside of an overhang over water shwiong lines in white. Enkinyoi, Kenya. Born digital

Reproduced by permission of the artist. © The Trustees of the British Museum

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