The Makgabeng Plateau in South Africa's Limpopo Province contains the largest body of Bantu-language speakers' rock art in southern Africa. Preliminary studies have identified the paintings as the work of Northern Sotho artists. Previous researchers have provisionally divided this tradition into two categories -- a colonial contact art and an art of boys' initiation. This paper introduces a third category -- an art linked to the concerns of girls and women. The paintings in a single type-site, Dikgaatwane tša Basadi, are described and identified, thus providing a provisional typology for this type of art. This new category of art, distinguished by subject matter, prompts discussion of how gender may be evident in rock art motifs; these findings have implications for studies of landscape, interaction, gender and feminism in rock art studies.
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