Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 680mmx510mm
Description : Twenty-two (some are in parts and overlap others) figures of mixed description. Some have bird- and animal-like forms (horns, limbs etc) and some appear to bear weaponry: a club or knobkerry, what looks to be a bow. Another figure brandishes what looks like a leaf or feather brush. At the bottom to the right of centre, is an animal that closely resembles a baboon. "From Great Cave under Waterfall in Pesilies [?] Hoek Genaardeberg. O.F.S."
Verso : "110" "C41 OFS"
Description in published source : “PLATE 52
LOCALITY.– Great cave under waterfall in Peshuli’s Hoek, Genaadeberg. Owner, Mr. .e Roux.
SITE – This farm is at the north end of the Genaadeberg. The waterfall is in a corner of the range, fairly high up above the out-station. The cave is deep, is of disintegrating rock, and has only a few faded paintings.
DESCRIPTION.– The group depicted here is still visible, with a few more similar figures. The copy is correct.
EXPLANATION BY A BUSHMAN.– ‘These are sorcery’s things. I think that one man, to the right of the spectator, having killed a hartebeest, becomes like it with his companions. The Mantis is going with them. The others had helped him. They become Mantises. The Mantis is not there.’
The Mantis was the protector of the bucks, particularly of the eland and the hartebeest; the latter was said to resemble him, as its horns turn back like his antennae. Bushmen say, ‘The Mantis is used to go with the hartebeest when he walks about.’
Dimensions: 16 x 22 1/2 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 52