Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1014mmx676mm
Description : Nine figures of mixed description, one wearing a headdress and holding a cloaks/skins/kaross, another two wearing a cloak or kaross, one bearing a stick, another carries a bow and quiver. A variety of animals are depicted: an elephant, four antelope or bovids (one very faintly drawn in pencil in the bottom left corner), and what resembles a jackal or wild dog. There are rows of dots on the left hand side of the painting. No annotations. [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "No 33"
Description in published source : "PLATE 7
LOCALITY.- As plate 3 [no. 28]
SITE.- As Plate 3 [no. 28]
DESCRIPTION.- This cartoon contains figures from six different slabs of rock. The line of women and the bushbucks on which they are superimposed are above a second line of similar women, one of which is superimposed on one of the elands in No.12. The jackal with the dots are on a separate slab by themselves. The kneeling figure with the karoos is below the jackal on another slab superimposed on a yellow and white buck. On another slab is the tall red man superimposed on the leaping leopard in No. 8. On a panel near the vulture-headed women are traces of the woman with a head-dress and the man with a bow: they are only just recognizable. The elephant superimposed on red dots and figures is high up on a separate slab.
EXPLANATION.- Stow has written of this picture, 'Jackal and buck by the same artist as above – Woman sitting with springbok skin over her shoulders- Dance, one figure with fanciful head-dress dancing; the other keeping time on the strings of his bow, an additional one having been added to increase harmony- Dance of women above….'
A Bushman’s remarks on this were reported as follows: 'Gemsbok in right upper corner. Sorcerer and girl below. The girl is said to hold a foredress in her hand, but whether of man in corner I do not know.'
The white faces of the tall man and woman are remarkable: I think the white is used to make faces and ornaments stand out. The chains round waist and knee are probably ostrich egg-shell beads, so are the ornaments of the blue leader and part of the red woman’s head-dress.
Jackals’ and hyenas’ tails were used by Bushmen as head-ornaments, standing up like plumes. The steatopygia of the women is a feature characteristic of southern Bushmen.
Dimensions: 241/2 x 37 inches" (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 7
Locality : Longreach, Lower Black Kei River