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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.22405

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art showing multiple pecked geometric shapes in oblong and circular formations, divided and connected by straight lines. Huns Mountains, Namibia.
    Scanned

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  • Date

    • 20 April 2006 (date digitized)
    • July 1993 (original photograph)
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  • Dimensions

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

    Namibia is home to over 1,200 rock art sites countrywide. Rock art is found across the country from the southern border almost to the northern border, although rock art sites are scarce in the far north. The majority of known rock art sites are found in the rocky and mountainous areas forming the escarpment edge in the west of the country. Particular concentrations of rock art are found in the west-centre of the country, north of the edge of the Namib’s coastal sand sea. Namibia’s most well-known rock art locales are clustered in this area, among them the Brandberg (also known as Dâures) and Erongo mountains and the Spitzkoppe peaks, as well as the well-known engraved rock art complex at Twyfelfontein | /Ui-//aes.

    Much of the painted rock art in Namibia may be broadly compared to the wider hunter-gatherer-fisher rock art tradition found throughout southern Africa, similar in theme and composition and believed to be a part of the same general tradition although some geometric rock art has been attributed to herder people and some finger paintings appear to have been painted later which fit neither tradition.

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  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.22405

  • Additional IDs

    • NAMSNH0030006 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of engraved rock art showing multiple pecked geometric shapes in oblong and circular formations, divided and connected by straight lines.  Huns Mountains, Namibia

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

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