PIC | Stolen San rock artwork: Man caught in KZN after making an attempt to promote ‘portray chiselled from cave’ | News24

The San Artwork that was recovered from the person who was arrested.

The police stated on Monday they’d arrested a suspect for allegedly making an attempt to promote rock artwork which will have been ripped from the wall of a cave.

The Hawks made an arrest final week following a tip-off in regards to the sale of a primeval portray made by the San individuals, southern Africa’s earliest inhabitants.

The search led to the invention of the artefact and the arrest of its alleged dealer in Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal, the police stated.

A 48-year-old suspect appeared earlier than a Justice of the Peace on Monday and was later launched on R1 000 bail pending additional investigations.

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“The San artwork rock could have been chiselled from a sandstone cave,” Hawks spokesperson Philani Nkwalase advised AFP.

Beforehand referred to as Bushmen, the San individuals have a presence in South Africa that dates to greater than 25 000 years.


They bequeathed a panoramic assortment of work in caves and mountainsides, a few of which have Unesco World Heritage Website standing.

The seized artefact depicts two antelopes and a person holding a stick or a spear. The sale worth was not disclosed.

The police have referred to as in archaeologists and forensic scientists.

“The consultants ought to be capable of inform us how outdated it’s and who the patrons could be,” Nkwalase stated.

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