Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 682mmx504mm
Description : A series of five shapes or markings (circular as well as roughly rectangular), a row of thumbprint-like dots runs across the top of the painting. "From Great Cave in Precipitous Ravine on the farm Lichtenstein Orange River O.F.S"
Verso : "114" "25 [in blue crayon]
Description in published source : “PLATE 25
LOCALITY.– Cave on farm Diep Kloof, Orange River. Owner, Mr. Palm.
SITE. – This farm, formerly part of Lichtenstein, takes its name from a deep ravine which cuts down to the Orange River. Near the junction of the two, high up on the right bank of the triburaty under overhanging cliffs, is a fine cave facing south-east. There are grand paintings here in good preservation, especially on the upper part of the rock.
DESCRIPTION.– The symbols are all visible but are not in the order copied. They are partially superimposed on old red paint, and have near them some black figures also on the old red. The black is fading to grey, and the orange looks faded also.
EXPLANATION.– These symbols, found occasionally among paintings and more often among rock engravings, have never been explained. The Bushmen said they did not know them. Either the last generation had forgotten the meaning or would not disclose it. The painted symbols strengthen the probability of the engravings being also the work of Bushmen and their ancestors.
Dimensions: 16 x 21 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 25