Pas RA2 - out Solomon tells us that because many different...

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JP Lyninger III African American Art to 1920 Reading Assignment 2 Rock Art in Southern Africa Anne Solomon calls KwaZulu-Natal ‘some of the finest specimens of ancient San, or Bushman, rock paintings in South Africa.’ The more than 1,600 images on the walls are dated somewhere between as ancient as 19,000-26,000 years old to only 400. Solomon describes the artists as San, a group among the earliest peoples on the southern end of the continent who share a language family. Solomon portrays the San as a hunter- gather society, and the related Khoi as herders. The Khoi are indicated in the art by the presence of their livestock and the shields and spears associated with their culture. Since the colonial Dutch occupation of the region, the Khoi art has entirely died
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Unformatted text preview: out. Solomon tells us that because many different styles are depicted in single sites, it is impossible to distinguish whether the art is from different artists of the same period, or spaced across centuries. Solomon states that the simpler art is likely the most recent, not the oldest as might be expected of a linear progression of craft. Humans are predominantly featured in the art, naked and facing the side. There are many large animals, although their presence doesn’t automatically qualify a scene as a hunting scene; they may indicate a rain-making ritual, the San people seeing the ‘rain cloud as an animal walking on “legs” of streaming rain.’...
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