SAN ROCK ART REPLICA FROM SITE PS6 MANKELEKELE RANGE.
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. Replica's will be placed on this site as they become available, but interest can be expressed by e mailing the artists direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
This exclusive replica was done by artist Sharon Harris – It was done on site, at a site which was discovered by the artist and her husband Ray in their journeys around little visited areas of Southern Africa. They are only prepared to say that the cave from which this art originated was located in the Mankelekele range of mountains in the Lowveld area of the South Eastern Transvaal. The reason for their secrecy of the site is that sites that become known are quickly plundered by ‘collectors’ who invariably destroy the art during inept attempts at removal. This is a sad state of affairs as few people if any will be able to enjoy the originals in their natural environment. At least, in this reproduction, one has the opportunity to view and appreciate this hidden treasure!
In this replica, there are older paintings of bi chromatic images of Eland antelope and giraffe, over – painted with much more recent human figures. The spiral at top right of centre is either a depiction of the sun, or has some spiritual significance. The running human figures are almost certainly depicted as hunting, but the squatting figure seems to be engaged in some sort of offering – this may be connected to the spiral.
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.
In the case of this particular rock, although being slightly smaller than the average size used for reproductions, was selected due to a general distribution of alluvial gold dust which is evident over the whole surface, giving it a peculiar iridescence (you’ll see it clearly if you hold it to the light and tilt it back and forth). This deposit must have been made just after the drying period, otherwise the gold dust, being heavier than the other materials, would have sunk below the surface. Such deposits are relatively rare, especially on the exposed surfaces. A rough guess of the gold content is around an ounce.
It is quite intriguing that such seemingly insignificant weathering 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!
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 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 160 x 270mm. 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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