Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 679mmx520mm
Description : Six figures of mixed description, all with weaponry: three running with spears and three with bows and arrows, one of the latter pierced by a spear. Written in pen over pencil script: "Group from Battle Scene – Rocks at the Waterfall – Stormberg – Near Bushman's Hoek - May 1868. G.W.S."
Verso : "No 12"
Description in published source : "PLATE 17
LOCALITY.- Waterfall on the farm Bushman’s Hoek, Stormberg. Owner, Mr Price.
SITE.- The farm lies at the foot of the Stormberg where tge Sterkstrom Molteno road and railway cross the range. Some way up the mountain-side to the right of the railway, looking up, there is a row of overhanging rocks, under which are caves and rock-shelters. Several waterfalls are formed here; the central one has as cave under it to the left of the stream-bed facing south-east. There are fine paintings here, but the stone is crumbling away, much has fallen already. Pottery can be found here,
DESCRIPTION.- The group in this cartoon is in the centre of the cave on old black and dark red paint. The figures and grouping are accurate.
EXPLANATION.-Stow wrote, ‘Kafirs surprising Bushmen by adopting their tactics, viz., disguising themselves with buck-heads and hiding amoung rocks and long grass until the game they are after approaches near enough to be taken at advantage….’
The difference between the feet of the two races is emphasized here. The Bushman’s foot is small and slender, the Kafir’s almost three-cornered with broad toe and protruding heel. Of course the pictures of the enemy are caricatures.
Dimensions: 19 x 21 1/2 inches." (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 17
Locality : Bushman's Hoek, Stormberg, Queenstown