A Hunter's Hand

trobe

Trowbridge, United Kingdom

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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.

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  • trobe
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