Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 667mmx1002mmx667mm
Description : Thirteen figures of mixed description: one has a an animal resembling a predator attached to or biting its crotch. The central group of figures have raised legs; one figure appears to have a tail. One of the bottom right group of figures bears weaponry (bows and arrows). Rows of dots, elongated and circular shapes and another unidentifiable shape. Two antelope, a bovid and another animal resembling a predator (lion). "From rocks at Tien Fontein Nek Koesberg O.F.S." [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "103"
Description in published source : “PLATE 43
LOCALITY.– Rocks at Tienfontein Nek, on the farm Henningsdale. Owner, Mr. Kronge.
SITE. – The road from Rouxville to Zastron passes a gap in low hills about half-way between the towns, eleven miles from either. In the hill to the north of the top of the pass, an outlier of the Koesberg, there is a row of rock-shelters some ten minutes’ walk from the highway. Several of these have paintings, one the original of this cartoon, but very badly preserved owing to the place being used as a home by Kafirs, who not only made fires there, but have willfully defaced the rock.
DESCRIPTION.– The figures copied are from different parts of the rock. The grey man with a tail is one of a group of grey or faded black figures superimposed on red and orange. The black figures surrounded by dots are on a low ledge half rubbed out. On a separate panel are the upper rows of stakes, dots, and round balls and the elands, as shown, except that the dots seem more red and are superimposed on part of the elands. The black man is just visible. Below the whole panel, which consists of similar figures, are the three rows of red dots. The other figures are no longer visible.
EXPLANATION.– The lower group is one of the few in which the dots seem to have been used as scenery. In the rest of the paintings here they make no such impression.
Dimensions: 25 x 40 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 43