National Geographic : 1983 Jul
For some reason the theme of motherhood is also avoided, for there is not one instance among all the paintings of a woman either holding or in company with a child. I do not know whether mothers with children were considered unimportant or whether there was some magico-religious reason against portraying them. MONG THE HUMAN FIGURES there is incredible variety. Some are tall, some short, some have enormous fuzzy headdresses, while on other figures there is no suggestion of hair. Some figures appear to be naked, some wear bracelets or knee and ankle ornaments, some have long tails, others wear skirts, and still others are enveloped in cloaks. In fact the human figures are painted in so many different styles that it is impossible to classify them. One type, however, stands out from the rest in the frequency of its ap pearance at various sites. Louis and I named this the "Kolo type" for the spot where we first observed it. Kolo figures are invariably tall and thin, with headdresses or hairstyles that are very large and that sometimes in clude stylized plumes (pages 94-5). Kolo hands usually have only three fingers, with the middle one much longer than the other two. In addition, Kolo figures are often shown with thin, lionlike tails and with feet that seem to have either very long toes or something resembling high heels. Music and dancing are frequent themes, and one of my favorite figures is that of a very elegant flute or pipe player whose mu sic appears in the form of dotted lines drip ping from the end of the pipe (page 89). One painting suggests that Stone Age man may have been acquainted with alcohol, UG-OF-WAR for a female appears on a Kolo wall. The female, identified in this rarecase by breasts, apparently belongs to the males at left, for herfeet are bracedagainst the pair at right. Sexual overtones are apparentin the penis of the figure wearing the doglike mask or headdress. In an unrelated scene, right, an antelope butts a shield or panel. The authorbelieves this may depict the early use of a hunting blind.