26 December 2008

Bushman Paintings


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Cave paintings are found all over Eastern and Southern Africa. They are commonly called "Bushman Paintings" in Southern Africa due to the popular attribution of them to the early inhabitants of the area, the forefathers of the San people. There is much variation in the styles of drawing and materials used for painting.

C. K. Cooke wrote A Guide to the Rock Art of Rhodesia for the Trustees of the National Museums and Monuments of Rhodesia, published in 1974. Peter Garlake wrote The Hunter's Vision subtitled The Prehistoric Art of Zimbabwe, published in 1995. Garlake's book is highly recommended.

The paintings in the illustration above are from a shallow cave near Lake Kyle in the Masvingo (Rhodesian Fort Victoria) district of Zimbabwe.

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