South African Landscape #12 – Collectors Limited Edition Framed Prints

South African Landscape #12

Koppie | Kgopolwe Place of Memories – Collectors Framed Print: Limited Edition

South African Landscape #12 – Collectors Limited Edition Framed Prints. Black & White Photograph of koppie at the Place of Momories, Phalaborwa, SA. Part of a Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”.

About this piece

2005 – Phalaborwa, South Africa

Monomotapa Empire

It is said that the forefathers of the baPhalaborwa tribe came from Bokhalaka (the present Zimbabwe) under the leadership of a chief called Malatshi. It is uncertain when the migration from Bokhalaka began. However, early Portuguese records are said to show that during the 17th century the tribes of the so-called “Monomotapa Empire” were driven southwards by waves of Rozwi invaders from the north.

Driven from the Bokhalaka region, the baPhalaborwa went in search of iron ore. They were metal workers who initially settled in the lowveld, as far as Bushbuck Ridge, but were unsuccessful in their search for the metal in the area.

Sixty Floors Deep

Chief Malatjie 1, the first chief , heard about this land, just west of present day Kruger Park from his scouts. They returned with tales of a fertile soil filled with kudu, duikers, impalas and the essential iron ore. This land they called Phalaborwa, meaning it is “Better than the south”, because of the iron ore they searched for. And so the name Phalaborwa was born.

Inhabited by the Shokane who they quickly routed, they settled on Sealene koppie, a few hundred meters away from Kgopolwe, not far from Loole Kop.  Here they began the smelting of iron to manufacture hoes, axes, spearheads and arrowheads. Today Loole Kop does not exist. It has been totally excavated. The hole left, is said to be twice the size of the ‘Great hole of Kimberly and over sixty floors deep.

National Monument

Both Kgopolwe and Sealene, have been declared national historical monuments by the National Monuments Council, and will be preserved for all time. Kgopolwe is the burial ground of the several Induna, the headmen of the various chiefs and aptly named when translated, The Place of Memories.

There is archaeological evidence of metal workings here. Also evidence that shows the Phalaborwa region was occupied by metalworking communities during at least two periods in the last 1 200 years. Two separate phases of occupation, the 9th to 13th and 17th to 20th centuries, coinciding with trade along the East Coast of Africa. There are over 50 metal working sites dotted around the Phalaborwa region.

Koppies have deteriorated or have been destroyed over the years for various commercial reasons. Many have been living sites – Kgopolwe, Masorini, Loole Kop, Shikumbu were lived on by chiefs, headmen and the people of baPhalaborwa.

Ghostly Aura

On the day I stood below Kgopolwe, surrounded by Mopane trees. The shadows of Nimbus had descended with a warm breeze. The butterfly-shaped leaves fell, fluttering down in semi-circles. My first thought in this darkening gloom was to tell my friend Mike Freedman about this cemetery of forgotten Indunas filled with lost memories.

The ghostly aura that surrounded Kgopolwe came to life when the sun seeped through Nimbus onto the koppie. Like a flickering candle the sun moved the shadows about on the dark Mopani forest floor. I thought about the long forgotten dead and felt a cold air sliding down my back. At least they were preserved to rest here forever, unlike their friends on the once beautiful Loole Kop.

Photographing with Film

The authentic nature of photographing on film is the graining that is produced in its reproductions. However this is a genuine representation of when capturing images on a Hasselblad XPan panoramic film camera.

This Black & White Vintage Film Collection “Shadows Over Stones”, was originally exhibited at Nedbank, Waterfront, Cape Town in 2012.

South African Landscape #12 - Collectors Limited Edition Framed Prints


Collectors Print with Custom Frame: Limited Edition #03

Black & White printed on Ilford Baryta paper: 315 g/m² silk finish with a 1 cm white boarder around image. Complete with a Hamburgs 2 cm x 3 cm Black Stained Oak Solid Wood Frame with a 5 cm White Passe-Partout mount. Mirogard museum high quality glass. Authentication Label on back of frame with printed signature of Photographer. Authentication Certificate included.

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