San Rock Art

Early South African History
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(South African Museum, Cape Town)


This example of San rock art is part of the famous ‘Linton Slab’, from the Maclear district of the Eastern Cape. In general, the art depicts symbols of supernatural power and the religious experiences of shamans. In this case, the raised leg, nose bleed, blood-streaked face, and animal hoof signify a shaman in trance. The red line connects other complex symbols and represents supernatural potency