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35.000 x 15.000 x 5.000 cm.
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White Lady Of Brandenberg
Painting - Specialized Paints
SAN ROCK ART REPLICA FROM BRANDENBERG SITE
This reproduction is exclusive to Wildimages who are the sole outlet for the work done by husband and wife team Ray and Sharon Harris. Apart from this, there is no ? one else that produces this type of what they term \'Historical Conservation Replication Art\'. Availability of these unique replicas are limited.
Each replica will be shipped to the buyer with a full explanation of his/her purchase as well as a certificate of authenticity. firstname.lastname@example.org
This exclusive replica is taken from a section of a panel that comes from the Brandenberg Site, meticulously produced by artist Ray Harris ? it is of the left hand section of a panel that comes from a South African site in Brandenberg, hence this well known painting is called ?The White Lady of Brandenberg?. References and photographs of the panel can be found in most books on Bushmen or San rock art.
Although it is called ?The White Lady of Brandenberg?, the artist, who has extensive knowledge of San art, believes this is not a painting of a woman at all, much less a white woman ? he believes it is a male figure conducting a hunting ritual for the purposes of enhancing his chances at a future hunt. The patterning around the lower jaw of the human image confirms this as an older male figure. The artist believes there was some confusion caused by the beaded patterns painted onto a hairdo that looks like a woman?s, when in fact it is a depiction of a ritualistic head ? dress made from decorated inflated bladders.
The idea that the figure is holding a cup, is also mistaken ? this is more likely a sort of fan made from a horn of an antelope and part of a shell of an ostrich egg.
The face of the stone used for this reproduction, was the surface of the sedimentary geological action that prepared the rock for how it would ultimately look. This sort of geological action is usually in the form of a stream or pan where shallow water flows gently over the surface, spreading fine sediments in layers that are eventually covered and compressed for eons. During the formation of these sediments, anything that caused a disturbance on that surface during the drying period, was often solidified along with the sediments. In the case of this particular rock, such a disturbance is visible in the lower central area crossing the leg in the forward position. This extends further along behind the leg in the backward position an curves up into a depression behind the human figure. Comparisons with present day sedimentary disturbances indicate that it was most likely caused by a leaf of some type that fell on the surface, causing an impression during the early sedimentation process of this rock, and the organic material later being removed by heat or water infiltration. It is quite intriguing that such seemingly insignificant actions so many hundreds of thousands of years ago could be captured geologically. Yet, as insignificant as that action may seem, it opens an interesting window to the far past and allows us comparisons which give us clues as to the changes (or lack of them), that have taken place between then and now!
The predominantly red colour on this rock is due to a high content of iron which has oxidised and stained the rock over time. This rock also has a high percentage of mica in it, which can be clearly seen across the left hand side.
One of the projects Ray and Sharon Harris have embarked on, is the reproduction of original artworks done thousands of years ago by the San people (Bushmen) artists.
The intention for this part of their project has been to produce this stone-age art-form in such a manner that it looks and feels like the real thing. Their motive for this undertaking was to prevent irretrievable damage to the original works that inevitably results when such works are illegally harvested for collectors.
Bushman paintings are widely distributed throughout Africa, usually in remote areas in caves or rock shelters.
Bushman rock art has unfortunately up to now, generally been the domain of archaeologists and anthropologists, with the exception of a handful of people who recognized the value of this art, who came to love it and wished to protect it for future generations. In addition, it is due to the very nature of their art, being immobile and rendered in remote locations that people to seldom encounter it. Although many photographs of these paintings have been taken, they have proved to be inadequate as the observer?s eye at the site usually sees more than a camera can reproduce. As such, a few artists have previously attempted to fill in the photographic gap, using different methods of tracing and redrawing. In every case however, neither tracings nor photographs have produced either the realism or the feel of these wonderful historical artworks.
Because of this, Ray and Sharon began reproducing them on specific rocks. They chose to source rocks from the Magaliesburg range as, not only is it the most ancient of mountain ranges in Africa, but the wonderful colours, patterns and textures found within those rocks lend to the original painting, and also ensure that each and every artwork reproduction is in fact an original in its own right. The trouble taken to do this, has been because they believe the San chose their \'canvasses\' carefully, and indeed, many of their paintings have been worked into features that appear on the rock. Of course as it is impossible to replicate the rock surface as well, and so rocks were selected that reflected a close comparison, or for having interesting features.
Your reproduction is far more than just a copy of the original work ? since it is done as accurately as possible, it is a record that will soon be unique if the destruction of the originals go on at the pace they have. Many originals have been destroyed by collectors attempting to chisel them out of the rock (unsuccessfully), or due to natural processes like water leaching and lichen growth, or simple mindless graffiti. As such, you can expect your reproduction to become of very real historical value in the near future.
Those who purchase a Bushmen painting will receive further information that will open the door to a wonderful world that few have the privilege of enjoying. The size of this reproduction is 150 x 350mm. The reason for this sizing is that it is the optimum size for such reproductions and that it is also a convenient size for shipping purposes. This reproduction is far more than just a copy of the original work ? since it is done as accurately as possible, it is a record that will soon be unique if the destruction of the originals go on at the pace they have. Many originals have been destroyed by collectors attempting to chisel them out of the rock (unsuccessfully), or due to natural processes like water leaching and lichen growth, or simple mindless graffiti. As such, you can expect your reproduction to become of very real historical value in the near future.
August 6th, 2009
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