A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden
African rock art under threat
By Ishbel Matheson BBC correspondent in Nairobi
The rock art survived the harsh climate but is now under threat from people
Near Nairobi this week, experts saw for themselves the problem facing rock art.
But as Dr Ambrose moves along the rock-face, the style changes, the paintings become more distinct.
Some of the art was done by the Maasai
"Now we move to the right here, we see a giraffe and a human figure, both in white fine lines."
All over Africa, ancient rock art is under threat.
At the National Museum in Nairobi, an exhibition stresses the cultural value of these ancient art forms.
"The worst example we've seen has been in Morocco, where literally hundreds of pieces of art, that might be as much as much as 5,000-6,000 years old, have been hacked out and drilled out of the rock by locals and then sold to middle-men or dealers from Europe."
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