Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 683mmx509mm
Description : Nineteen figures of mixed description in two rows: the top row all stand and bear long sticks, the bottom lefthand short row of four figures are smaller and two bear sticks while the other two have raised arms. There are four roughly parallel rows of black thimprint-like dots to the right of this bottom group. "Rocks on the Right Bank of the Orange River near Luter's Kop O.F.S."
Verso : "120" "23 [blue crayon]"
Description in published source :
LOCALITY.– Rock-shelters on the bank of the Orange River at Luther’s Kraal. Owner, Mr. John Fouché
SITE.– Luther’s Kop towers above the Orange River about twenty miles from both Aliwal and Rouxville. At its foot, about twenty-five minutes’ walk below the homestead of Luther’s Kraal, are three rock-shelters with paintings on the river’s bank. Stow notes having found in these: -
‘Two Maalstones worn to considerable hollows, and rounded grinding-stones.
‘ Numerous pieces of chipped Lydstock. (? Lydianite)
‘ Some small rounded pieces of sandstone, half perforated.
‘ There were evidently considerable accumulations of other flakes in front of them. These would doubtless repay examination.’
DESCRIPTION.– One of the shelters has the upper row of men on one panel superimposed on old and black paint, and the lower four figures on a ledge of rock. There is little else here. Both groups are very faint. The rows of dots are in another shelter which has numerous figures in black and red. The paint in this shelter is being rapidly destroyed, because the place is used as a hut by Kafirs who have built up the front with bush and are doing their cooking in there.
EXPLANATION – The following notes of a Bushman’s remarks were taken: ‘The four first figures to the left of the spectators said to be Bushmen. The rest of the upper line ‘u (Kafirs living to the north of the Orange River somewhat resembling Bushmen in their habits). Bushmen travelling along at the bottom of the picture. Spots not known.’
Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 25 inches.
The bottom four figures and the superimposed human being in the top line are in a lighter shade of red than the rest. The dots are in black.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 23