A Hunter's Hand by trobe

Rock Art from a shelter at Malgashoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

Three karossed (cloaked) figures with their bags and bows amble across the rock face. Below these hunters the palettes used to mix the colour partly obscure the handprint of another hunter, while to the right a small antelope (it looks like a dog, but it’s probably a reedbuck or grysbok). is superimposed over an earlier animal.

The meaning of handprints, found in both Europe and Africa, is obscure: they may be a means of “possessing” the rock or the paintings, or they may be a symbol of a shaman passing into the rock and thus into the spirit world.


    HELUAabout 4 years ago

    A fascinating image!! The colours are beautiful are they enhanced in any way?

  • Thanks Helua. Only a slight increase in saturation – I also had to play with the amount of blue – it’s from an old slide that was starting to go off! But the rock – a quartzitic sandstone (same as Table Mountain I expect) really does look like that…

    – trobe

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Smashing shot, Tim! A perfect blend of design & color; glad you caught the slide before it went too far afield… but then, in today’s world, you could probably crunch it in a number of ways.

  • Not with my antique version of Photoshop, you couldn’t! Thanks for the fave, Sheila.

    – trobe

  • leunig
    leunigabout 4 years ago


  • Many Thanks for this honour!

    – trobe

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent! :O)

  • Sassafras
    Sassafrasover 2 years ago

    as if in a



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