Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1016mmx679mm
Description : Twenty-four figures of mixed description, most of whom carry weapons (sticks or spears) and shields. Some have animal-heads, one is cloaked in white with a pointed beak-like head. Four others are also cloaked or wear karosses. One figure lies on the ground, another is hidden by a shield. There are three parallel rows of white-spotted shields running horizontally across the top half of the painting. Two rather stylized lions. "Lion Hunt" "Rocks at the Lower Imvani. 23rd Sept. 1867. G.W.S." [Two halves, separated after restoration.]
Verso : none
Description in published source : "QUEENSTOWN DISTRICT
The country road Queenstown has many ranges of mountains of moderate height, between which are abroad open valleys and some plains. It is more stony than the land round Cathcart, and with less forest, though watered by the Upper Black Kei and its tributaries.
LOCALITY.- Rocks on the Lower Imvani below Camp siding on the Queenstown Cathcart railway.
SITE.- About five minutes’ walk below the siding at a bend of the Imvani, a tributary of the black Kei, there are on the left bank a series of rock shelters with many layers of paintings on various slabs of rock.
DESCRIPTION.- The figures of this cartoon are a position of the many rows of shields depicted on the rock, some in yellow, some in orange. They are not arranged exactly as in the original. The shields are superimposed on a group of red-brown men, some with animals’ heads, many with long bows. To the right of the shields are men in white karosses with animals’ heads, below them the man on all fours, superimposed on an old red-brown buck. Far below is the reddish lion, superimposed on a chocolate man, behind it the traces of another lion in yellow, on which some red-brick men are superimposed like those in the copy in shape.
EXPLANATION.- Stow wrote, 'Lion Hunt – Bushmen advancing on Lions, crouching, behind their shields, etc. – Disguises used, principally bids heads and skins.'
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 12
Locality : Lower Imvani; Camp Siding, Queenstown