Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 672mmx503mm
Description : Nine figures and five bovids or antelope. Three of the figures hold plant-like forms and there are other plants standing on their own. One figure aims a bow and arrow towards the left. There are two almost-parallel rows of blue dots above the animals in the right hand corner. One of the figures holds a stick and another lies down. "From cave N.W. of the Ganadeberg[?] O.F.S."
Verso : "129", "Bushmen placing aloes in the ground to ensnare game"
Description in published source : “PLATE 51
LOCALITY.– As Plate 50 [Stow no.109].
SITE. – As Plate 50.
DESCRIPTION.– The figures shown here are among those on a slab of rock close to the fallen boulders. The black bucks are at some distance from the rest, they are superimposed on red and orange bucks. The men, blue dots, and plants are as shown, but there are more of the latter.
EXPLANATION BY A BUSHMAN.– ‘Hunting and sticking things into the ground’.
The Bushmen of the west used brushes of ostrich feathers to stick into the ground in lines, in order to turn the game. These people may be using branches in like manner.
In this picture unpainted spaces have been left on the men’s backs to represent dress or ornament. The same thing occurs in the figures at Geluksfontein shown in Plate 44. The two localities are on the opposite sides of a plain about twenty-five miles in breadth. They may well be the work of the same artist.
The leaves of the aloe are in orange colour, which it has not been possible to reproduce.
Dimensions: 13 1/2 x 24 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 51