Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 674mmx505mm
Description : Eleven forms of mixed description: the large central form resembles a bovid and is extensively marked (with dots and other markings). Other forms also feature dots. Five of the forms resemble swimming creatures and two resemble figures, one resembles a snake. "From small Cave on the Banks of the Sand Spruit British Basutoland"
Verso : "93" "D5 Basutoland"
Description in published source : BASUTOLAND DISTRICT “PLATE 67A
This mountainous country reserved for the Basutos was formerly inhabited by Bushmen. Stow has only visited one of the numerous sites of paintings found there.
LOCALITY.– Small cave on the banks of the Sand Spruit.
SITE. – Not found. The Sand Spruit is a tributary of the Kornet Spruit. I did not seek this painting, having such scanty information as to its whereabouts.
EXPLANATION BY A BUSHMAN.– ‘The water bull. Two sorcerers who possess it. A snake called ‘kanga wai, spotted. The shield-looking thing is said to be a water’s thing, but what they do not know.’
Another Bushman telling of the Rain’s doings, said: ‘The cobra, the puffadder, the tortoise and the great water tortoise are things the Rain puts aside as the rain’s meat. Therefore Bushmen fear them not a little. These things are what the Rain throws at us, because he feels he is a strong thing.’
Fish are only found painted with some fancy animal, probably a rain animal.
Dimensions: 12 x 22 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 67a