Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1007mm x663mm
Description : Seven figures of mixed description some of whom carry objects and weaponry (sticks, shield). An antelope and an unidentifiable animal (it has a short tail, long tongue and pointed teeth). The largest figure, on the right, bears what resembles a shield and has a raised spear or stick. "From the chief Cave in precipitous Ravine on farm Lichtenstein Orange River O.F.S." [Two joined halves.]
Verso : "112" "Rain animal like a hippopotamus"
Description in published source : “PLATE 27
LOCALITY. – As Plate 25.
SITE.– As Plate 25.
DESCRIPTION.– On an immense panel among layers of elands is the huge beast depicted here superimposed on a red buck, which is showing through the white. The colour of the monster is more orange than green. The superimposed figure is correct. The tall figure in front is white on an orange and white buck, and there are more white men below and behind the monster. The other figures are as copied, the blue man is almost rubbed out.
EXPLANATION BY A BUSHMAN.– ‘I think the animal is a hippopotamus, and that the people are those that it has swallowed. The little figure on the hippo is going to stab it. The shadowy figure to the right said to be dead, holds a water vessel, is frightened by the hippo. The latter shoots water out of his mouth and frightens him, and then swallows him whole.’
Bushmen all believe in ghosts who return after a death and may be seen by certain persons. The spirits of medicine men were particularly apt to return.
Dimensions: 20 x 38 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 27