Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 666mmx495mm
Description : Three figures of mixed description, two of whom wear spiked headdresses/have spiked heads, all three bear weaponry: the non-headdressed figure bears a large patterned shield and a round-ended stick or knobkerrie [?], the other two bear bows and arrows. Arrows, knobkerries [?], sticks, a shield are depicted around the central strip of the painting, as if a battle occurs. There is a bovid pictured above the action. "Rocks near Waterfall in Knoffel Spruit on farm Riebeksdal Orange River O.F.S."
Verso : "49"
Description in published source : “PLATE 28
LOCALITY.– Rock-shelter on Knoffel Spruit, on farm Merino. Owner, Mr J. Barsegrouw.
SITE.– The Knoffel Spruit, which flows into the Orange River a few miles above the Diep Kloof, forms a waterfall about half an hour’s walk below the Merino homestead. Just below this on the left bank are a number of rock-shelters with paintings.
DESCRIPTION.– In this shelter there are only some faded orange bucks and the group copied here, together with another Basuto shield and a pig in the same purplish red.
EXPLANATION. – This picture shows a fight between two Bushmen, with arrows fastened round their heads, and a couple of Basutos, one of whom is still fighting, the others dead or crouching behind their shields. The ox is, of course, the object of the fray.
Dimensions: 7 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches". (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 28
Locality : Riebeksdal, Knoffel Spruit, Orange River, OFS; Merino farm