San rock paintings, scattered over the range of southern
Africa, are considered by many to be the very earliest examples of
representational art. There are as many as 15,000 known rock art
sites, created over the course of thousands of years up until the
nineteenth century. There are possibly just as many still awaiting
Taking as his starting point the magnificent Linton panel in the
Iziko-South African Museum in Cape Town, J. D. Lewis-Williams
examines the artistic and cultural significance of rock art and how
this art sheds light on how San image-makers conceived their world.
It also details the European encounter with rock art as well as the
contentious European interaction with the artists' descendants, the
contemporary San people.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art & Art History
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