Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1018mmx673mm
Description : Seven figures of mixed description, two carrying weapons (sticks and bows and arrows). A number of animals: a large snake, a rhinoceros, an animal resembling a boar or pig, two antelope. There are two rows of curved dotted markings. "Rocks on the Banks of the Cacadu near St Mark's Mission Station". [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "No 38"
Description in published source : "THE TRANSKEI PLATE 9
LOCALITY.- Rocks on the banks of the White Kei near St. Mark’s Mission Station.
SITE.- On the left bank of the White Kei, at a bend abut three miles below the railway
Bridge and one mile from St. Marks Church, is a long series of rock-shelters facing south-west, some withm some without, paintings. This is evidently the site of the originals of Stow’s copies, but they are no longer there. Mrs. Bulwer, the wife of the present missionary, and the daughter and granddaughter of former missionaries, has known the place since her childhood, and recognized the white rhinoceros as a painting that was formerly there. She told me that after the kafir war of 1878 the Cape Mounted Rifles were stationed on the opposite bank for some time, and that some of them cut out slabs of rock with pictures for sale to museums.
DESCRIPTION.- This was a series of galleries like those on the Black Kei, with paintings of all kinds and many superpositions. Much is faded, and the rock is flaking besides having had pieces cut away.
EXPLANATION.- Stow wrote, 'Eland foreshortened…Wild boar hunt…White one-horned Rhinoceros…Snake, apparently cobra.'
This picture seems to contain several groups, but they appear to be connected by the lines of dots. The foreshortening of the eland reminds me of similar work found at Advance Post, Basutoland, copied by Miss Tongue. These attempts seem to be in the topmost layers only. (See also Plate 16.)
Dimensions: 24 x 38 inches
In the reproduction the reds should be of a more chocolate hue except the boar, which is solid biscuit." (Bleek) *
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 9
Locality : St Mark's Mission Station, White Kei River; Cacadu River