Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 682mmx504mm
Description : Two animals resembling lions (possibly female); four figures carrying weaponry (sticks and bows and arrows). "From Great Cave in Precipitous Ravine Morning Sun Mill Spruit O.F.S. G.W.S."
Verso : "78" "(Copied by Mr Ch Currey, end of /85, for exhibition of 1886.)"
Description in published source : "FICKSBURG DISTRICT PLATE 64
This district adjoins Ladybrand on the north and, like it, it is full of streams running down to the Caledon. The largest of these is the Mill Spruit, or Molen Spruit.
LOCALITY. – Cave in precipitous ravine on van Niekerk’s Rus, Mill Spruit. Owner, Mr. Van Niekerk.
SITE. – This farm lies about six miles from Rosendal high up on a hill overlooking the Mill Spruit. The cave is below the house about ten minutes’ walk distant, but far above the stream.
DESCRIPTION. – The paintings are in a bad condition, especially the lower ones which have been rubbed by sheep. I could just identify this group, though the white paint has vanished and the left-hand man is not visible. There are more men belonging to the scene.
EXPLANATION. – This lion hunt is one of the few pictures of lions in which the head is clearly finished off, not a block.
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 18 inches.
The lions are dark purplish brown." (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 64
Locality : van Niekerk's Rus farm, Mill Spruit, Ficksburg, OFS; Morning Sun Ravine, Mill Spruit, OFS; Molen Spruit