Zimbabwean Rock and Cave Paintings

George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University

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Domboshawa National Park

According to Rasmusen and Rubert's Historical Diction of Zimbabwe, the name Domboshawa derives from the Chishona words dombo (large stone or rock) and shawa (red), and at least half a dozen sites in Mashonaland bear this name, the most important of which "is located c.30 km north of Harare in the present Chinamora Communal Lands (at 1736'S, 318'E). This hill is a massive granite dome containing several shelters with notable rock paintings. These include fine animal and human depictions of several different styles. Some of the human figures are believed to be San representations of Bantu-speaking peoples."

Domboshawa Domboshawa Domboshawa: the way up to the paintings

The surrounding landscape: granite and dry grass.

Domboshawa Domboshawa sunset at Domboshawa

The route up to the cave and sunset at Domboshawa looking over farmland.

Secondary set of images at Domboshawa Domboshawa

The rock paintings at the left of the main body and the main set of paintings.

Other Sites

This example, which appears under an overhanging rock formation on the outskirts of Harare, contains images of elephants, birds, and men.

Photographs George P. Landow. Images may be used without written permission for any educational purpose. Any commercial or other use requires prior written permission from [email protected].

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