Digital George Stow
Institution : Iziko (no number assigned)
Size : 1010mmx673mm
Description : [OS - two joined halves] Nineteen figures of mixed description, most of whom bear weapons (some carry spears, sticks with round ends and shields, and others bows and arrows and sticks). Some of the figures have spiked headdresses, two wear or have unidentifiable objects on their backs. The bottom group of figures have shields with different patterns. There is an animal resembling a hippopotamus or large water animal in the right hand half of the painting. "From Great Cave near Waterfall in Knoffel Spruit Riebeksdal [?] O.F.S."
Verso : "131"
Description in published source : “PLATE 31
LOCALITY. – As Plate 28.
SITE. – As Plate 29.
DESCRIPTION.– The figures in the upper part of this cartoon are near the black elephants in Plate 30. The fight between Basutos and Bushmen is part of a large group of similar figures superimposed on an orange buck in another part of the shelter. In between the combatants is a cow and a small red Bushman. The red is all the colour of that on the right-hand shield. Some of the figures are only just visible.
EXPLANATION.– Here we have scenes from two eras in Bushman history: the time when their life was filled with hunting only, and the later epoch when it was perpetual warfare with the encroaching Basutos. The men returning from the hunt carrying bucks’ heads have no arrows visible but have put them away in their bags, the warriors have their arrows where they are handy – stuck in bands around their heads. The shields, spears, and knobkerries are well-known Basuto weapons.
Dimensions: 22 1/4 x 33 inches.” (Bleek)
Published : "Rock Paintings in SA" plate 31