Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 677mmx507mm
Description : Eleven horsemen, resembling Europeans (rifles, brimmed hats, some have white faces). "A Boer commado painted by one of the last Bushmen of his tribe. From Rocks at Manakane's Last Retreat – in a deep glen near the Junction of the two Keis."
Verso : "37"
Description in published source : "PLATE 8
LOCALITY.- From rocks at Mada’kane’s last retreat in a deep glen near the junctions of the two Keis.
SITE.– Not found. Stow’s* reference to the spot is as follows:- 'The last retreat of Mada’kane (a Bushman) was in an almost inaccessible glen about the junction of the two Keis…An old brother of Mada’kane…was the painter of the family, and in 1869 still carried two or three of his horn paint-pots swung at his belt. He was the artist who painted
The representation of a Boer commando which adorned the walls of his brother’s rock-shelter'. EXPLANATION.-Stow wrote, “This is said by the Bushmen to be the first Boer Commando that came into the Country. The entire group contains forty horsemen. This was the central portion showing the Commandant.'
Dimensions: 18 x 23 inches
Colours: Black, grey, white."
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 8
Locality : Mada'kane's Last Retreat, Kei River junction