Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 670mmx503mm
Description : Twenty-one figures of mixed description, four of which hold weaponry (sticks), four of which are marked with spots; seven animals of mixed description: two resemble bovids, two resemble beasts of prey. Written in pen over pencil script: "Bushman's Hoek – Stormberg – May 1868. G.W.S."
Verso : "No 13"
Description in published source : "PLATE 18
LOCALITY,- As Plate 17
SITE.- As Plate 17
DESCRIPTION.- The different groups are from different parts of the rock.
The men in brick-red with black karosses are by themselves on old red and black paint.
The grey and wite buck is one of three, the lower two being surrounded by fish, as the upper one is by the men with white spots. A black man is superimposed on this buck. The dance in white has probably been high up above these, but only traces remain. I could not find the other figures, though there are some black and white oxen, also some horsemen. Much rock has fallen.
EXPLANATION.- Stow wrote, ‘A phallic dance-Bushmen with their bodies painted-A group of kafirs, etc.,etc.’
A Bushman said of this: “Keru is the strange animal to the left middle, the next he declares to be a dog. He does not know the one-legged, one-armed cattle owners. The white figures are Bushmen, and also the three red ones to the left top.
I think it possible that the grey and white bucks, of which one is shown here, are rain bulls, and the men with white spots rain sorcerers. Similar animals like no real buck have been found elsewhere surrounded by fish (see Miss Tongue’s Bushman Paintings, and Plate 32).
Dimensions: 18 x 26 inches." (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 18
Locality : Bushman's Hoek, Stormberg, Queenstown