Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1014mmx676mm
Description : [OS - two joined halves] Eighteen figures engaged in warfare, brandishing weaponry (knobkerries, spears, sticks, bows and arrows); six appear wounded or dead, impaled on sticks or spears with blood depicted. Some of the figures bear patterned shields, have patterned bodies and wear ornamentation and headresses. Spears and arrows are depicted across the painting as if flying through the air. "From great Cave in outlying Ridge at Brakfontein Koesberg. O.F.S." [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "52"
Description in published source : “PLATE 37
LOCALITY.– As Plate 36.
SITE. – As Plate 36.
DESCRIPTION.– The left corner of this scene has disappeared, partly by being rubbed out, partly by the flaking of the rock. What is left is correctly copied.
EXPLANATION.– This is a fight between Basutos with a couple of Zulus taking part, as can be seen by the different shields. The invasion of this part of the country by the two Zulu tribes related above [Plate 36] started the famous Mantetee horde on its war of destruction. This horde, though originally composed of Basuto tribes driven from their homes, absorbed other Bantu elements and made war on many other Basuto tribes before crossing the Vaal River. Here we have a picture of just such warfare between Basuto tribes with a couple of Zulus.
Dimensions: 22 x 37 inches." (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 37
Locality : La Belle France, Brakfontein Ridge, Koesberg