The Hunter's Vision

The Prehistoric Art of Zimbabwe

Peter Garlake



The prehistoric rock-paintings of the San peoples of Zimbabwe represent a highly sophisticated and important artistic tradition. There are many thousands of paintings in the granite hills and caves, most of them until recently undiscovered and unrecorded. In this authoritative book, Peter Garlake examines the images painted and the different techniques and styles used.


This was [Garlake's] magnum opus which established Zimbabwean rock art in a field of its own. Garlake popularised it with lecture tours to the US and Europe where he would speak from a lifelike cave of paintings that had been meticulously traced and re-created on a paper mache wall.


Peter Garlake was a Zimbabwean archaeologist and art historian, who made influential contributions to the study of Great Zimbabwe and Ife, Nigeria.