Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings
D.Kamamba, Actin Director of Antiquities
The Secretariat of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Heritage Centre do not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information or documentation provided by the States Parties to the World Heritage Convention to the Secretariat of UNESCO or to the World Heritage Centre.
The publication of any such advice, opinion, statement or other information documentation on the World Heritage Centre’s website and/or on working documents also does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of UNESCO or of the World Heritage Centre concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its boundaries.
Property names are listed in the language in which they have been submitted by the State Party
The Kondoa Irangi Rock Paintings are located along the Maasai Escarpment bordering the Great Rift Valley. The rock painting is spread out over a wide area within Kondoa district. The exact boarders of the proposed World Heritage site have not been determined yet, but will be drawn up in consultation with all stakeholders during the management planning process that accompanies the nomination dossier. The rock art found at these sites is the northern-most extension of the southern African hunter-gatherer rock art tradition. It comes primarily from the hunter-gatherer period with red pigment in the outline, streaky, and silhouette styles. Subject matter ranges from animals significant to the cosmology of the artists to human figures in a variety of postures, and non-figurative designs. Giraffe, eland, and elephants predominate. Art can also be found from the more recent agriculturist period. These so-called “late whites” are usually finger paintings of abstract designs and more occasionally of humans and animals.