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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2013,2034.20452

  • Description

    Digital photograph (colour); view of desert landscape showing the Namib Desert from a rock shelter high in the Ga’aseb Gorge. Namibia,
    Scanned

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 21 March 2006 (date digitized)
    • July 1992 (Original photograph)
  • Production place

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • File size: 119 megabytes
    • Resolution: 300 dots per inch
  • Curator's comments

    Around 20km wide, the almost circular granitic intrusion of the Brandberg contains Namibia’s highest point at over 2,500 ft., and contains around 1,000 rock art sites, with around 50,000 individual figures recorded. These include both paintings and engravings but paintings form the majority. From the 1960s onward, the comprehensive research project investigating the archaeology of South West Africa run by the University of Cologne and sponsored by the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft supported the work of Ernst Scherz and Harald Pager recording engravings and paintings from the Brandberg. From 1977, Pager began a seven year project of recording painted rock art sites in the Brandberg, documenting around 43,000 individual images. Pager’s corpus has been organised and published posthumously by Tilman Lenssen-Erz in the six-volume Rock Paintings of the Upper Brandberg, as a result of which the Brandberg is one of the most comprehensively documented rock art regions on earth.

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  • Location

    Not on display

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2013

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2013,2034.20452

  • Additional IDs

    • NAMBRG0030001 (TARA number)
Digital photograph (colour); view of desert landscape showing the Namib Desert from a rock shelter high in the Ga’aseb Gorge. Namibia,  Scanned

Digital photograph (colour); view of desert landscape showing the Namib Desert from a rock shelter high in the Ga’aseb Gorge. Namibia, Scanned

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

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