Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 672mmx505mm
Description : Sixteen figures of mixed description, the top two of which resemble baboons in the face. The central group of five larger figures are clad in karosses and have head coverings and carry round objects at their backs. Two small far-left figures have spiked headdresses. Two other smaller figures bear weaponry (stick and bow). A bottom left figure carries a round-ended stick-like object and a thong or whip in the other hand. "From Great Cave in Precipitous Ravine on the Farm Lichtenstein [?] Orange River O.F.S."
Verso : "124" "People dressed as vultures. (Bushman mythology)."
Description in published source : “PLATE 26
LOCALITY.– As Plate 25.
SITE. – As Plate 25.
DESCRIPTION.– The three black figures are among a number of fine red and white elands. Below them is a mass of paintings in several layers. Here we find the chocolate and yellow men slightly superimposed on a group of queer figures in chocolate, of which three are shown in the lower line. Superimposed on this group is a white ox, and again on the ox some brick-red men to whom the seated figure in the lower line evidently belongs. This figure should be brick-red.
EXPLANATION BY A BUSHMAN.– ‘Vulture people. Their husbands had been killed by lions. The black upper figure is the black crow.’
This is a reference to Bushman folk-lore, according to which all birds and beasts were once men. The particular story referred to has not yet been published, though it is preserved in manuscript.
The men are in yellow and are wearing dark-coloured karosses; they have skin head-dresses and skin tabs on the yellow balls they are carrying.
This looks like a hunting disguise.
Dimensions: 15 x 26 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 26