Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 673mmx1009mm
Description : [OS - two joined halves, other half of 53b] Twenty-one figures engaged in what appears to be warfare: seven smaller figures occupy the far left of the painting and bear bows and arrows and fourteen larger figures bear spears and shields; two of the latter have horns or horned headdresses. "From Cave in Jameerberg [?] on Mapeysis [?] farm O.F.S. In two Large Cartoons No.1" [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "53a", "C 39 OFS"
Description in published source : “PLATE 61 [and 62]
LOCALITY.– Cave on farm Ventershoek, near the Jammerberg. Owner, Mr. S. J. van Aardt.
SITE. – The cave is in a little ridge looking down on the Wepener-Mafeteng [sic] road about four miles from Wepener. To reach it one must leave the road before it crosses van Rooyen’s Spruit.
DESCRIPTION.– Nearly half the picture has been cut away, what remains is as copied. Below this scene are a few more Zulus in black, and a wagon with two men. On another slab are more cattle and Basutos, some superimposed on red and yellow bucks.
Mr van Rooyen, owner of Morgenzon (see Plate 48), told me that his father formerly owned this farm and once gave lease to a French missionary to cut one of the painted cattle to send to France as a sample of Bushman art. The missionary sent natives to do the job, and they cut out half the picture.
EXPLANATION.– A cattle raid. Three Bushmen driving off the herd, the others acting as rear-guard to fight the Zulus who are rushing up to recapture their possessions. The two races are distinctly characterized by their size, feet, shape of heads, and equipment. Here for once we see an attempt to reproduce the real colours of the objects depicted. The yellow is rather out of place, otherwise the markings of the cattle may be seen in native herds to-day. This is clearly a recent painting, probably dating from the Zulu invasion of about 1821, yet is one of the best group paintings, a sign that the artists belonged to no decadent race.
Dimensions: 26 1/2 x 36 inches." (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 62
Locality : Ventershoek, Jammerberg, OFS