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digital photograph

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.20457

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art on a rock face showing two footprints infilled with pecking. Namibia,
    Born digital

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 11 December 2007 (original photograph ?)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • File size: 28.7 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    In 1949 The Abbé Henri Breuil mentioned rock art from Omandumba in his discussion of bow types represented in the rock art of the area. In 1976 an image from Omandumba appeared on a 15c postage stamp for South-West Africa and in 1986 a record of the rock art in the area was published by Ernst Scherz.

    The sprawling granitic rock formation that forms the Erongo Mountains is home to around 80 known rock art sites, with both painting and engraving sites. The rock art traditions in this area are comparable to those of the Brandberg Mountain around 120 km north-west with prominent painted rock art sites featuring humans and wild animals. The rock art of the region first became known to European researchers in the 19th century, with the Reverend C. J. Büttner publishing an article in a South African periodical in the 1870s, reporting rock art in the Erongo Mountains. Archaeological work has since been undertaken in various Erongo locations.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.20457

  • Additional IDs

    • NAMDME0080012 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art on a rock face showing two footprints infilled with pecking. Namibia, Born digital

Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art on a rock face showing two footprints infilled with pecking. Namibia, Born digital

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

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