Art of Ancestors (Tambun Rock Art )

Tambun rock art, is a series of neolithic paintings at the Gunung Panjang limestone hill in Tambun, on the outskirts of Ipoh. The paintings were discovered on a rocky overhang in 1959 by 2/Lt R. L. Rawlings of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Queen Elizabeth’s Own Gurkha Rifles. 

Popularly known as the Tambun Cave Paintings or Lukisan Gua Tambun, the paintings could have been made by the ancestors of the Orang Asli and had spiritual importance.This site should not be confused with Gunung Tambun, another limestone hill that is found several kilometres to the north.

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The Tambun rock art is on a prominent rock face on the west face of Gunung Panjang, a large karstic hill, nearly 2 kilometres long, overlooking Ipoh and the Kinta valley. The hill comprises light grey marble belonging to the Devonian limestone of the Kinta Valley. The Tambun rock art site is the largest display of neolithic paintings in Asia. They are estimated to be between 2,000 and 12,000 years old. The paintings were probably made using Hematite. 

At the time of the discovery, the wide shelf at the base of the rock face was littered deep with empty, conical snail shells, all with their tips knocked off, presumably to release the occupants in time for the cave-dwellers’ many waterfront dinners. The site is accessible to tourists via a short walk and up a steep flight of steps.

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