STB Rock Art

STEPHEN TOWNLEY BASSETT

RAD 114 – Kei River

The accompanying panel contains at least five eland as well as human figures. Finger dots in red are also visible as well as a small antelope in white pigment on the far left of the frieze. Researchers are not exactly sure why eland are often painted in different hues within a frieze. This could allude to the meaning and relationship humans had to different eland in a particular herd.

Eland were greatly revered by the San and are the most frequently painted animal in San rock art. Great care was taken in the painting of eland and they can be seen today in a wide variety of stances on the rock face. The eland is prominent in four San rituals, the trance dance, boys first kill, young girl’s puberty and marriage. The trance dance or healing dance was the most important of these rituals and apart from bringing together families and strengthening group bonds, it was also a time when shamans would make contact with the spirit world for the benefit of the greater community.

 

View of Kei River shelter

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Original Artwork

Stephen’s original rock art documentary paintings are created using ancient pigment and paint making methods on acid-free, long fibre cotton canvas. This is a stable substrate for his paint mixes.
Each artwork is accompanied by a description of the specific rock art panel from where the frieze was recorded.

Signed & Numbered Canvas Print Collection

  • Each print is part of a limited, signed and numbered collection.
  • Stephen’s print collections are printed on premium quality canvas and with archival inks
  • Enclosed with each print is a description of the frieze.

Mounted Prints

Each print is produced on high quality fine art paper with a cream mount. This makes them ideal for travel and gifts.

Shipping Information

  • Door to door shipping available within South Africa and worldwide.
  • Rate is calculated on completion of order and included in the invoice, which will be e-mailed to you.
  • Once payment is received, a tracking number will be provided to ensure shipments can be tracked.
  • Free shipping within South Africa for orders over R1000.00
Ordering Options

Mounted Print, Original Artwork, Signed & Numbered Print Collection

Dimensions

Canvas size: 33cm(h) x 60cm(w), Canvas size: 53cm(h) x 120cm(w), Mounted size: 21cm(h) x 27.5cm(w)

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