Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 676mmx506mm
Description : Four bovids, six figures carrying weaponry: one with bows and arrows, one with shield, four with sticks (one with rounded end), markings, six figures of mixed description. "From cave under waterfall Kalk[?] Fontein Orange River O.F.S"
Verso : "122"; Bushmen placing sticks or branches in the ground to ward off game; sticker with "Bleek" written on it.
Description in published source : “PLATE 24B
LOCALITY.– As 24A.
SITE.– As 25.
DESCRIPTION.– The figures of this picture are on a slab of rock in almost the same positions as shown, partly superimposed on an old red animal. The white paint is fading fast. The top man on the right has a Basuto shield, the topmost crouching figure seems to have been black with red spots. There are many other paintings in the cave.
EXPLANATION.– A Bushman from the west who did not know the Basutos made the following remarks: ‘Hunting brushes stuck into the earth; oxen on left of spectator said to be the rain coming. The other animals said to be the rain. Shelters of springbok skins used in hut’s place when the men had been shooting. The men die in the skins. They had been killed by the rain animals which passed over them. Their brushes remain, for they had placed them.’
The crouching figures seem to have pulled their karosses over their heads and stuck some kind of boughs or sticks into the ground whilst hunting or lying in wait for oxen.
Dimensions: 15 x 26 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 24b