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Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande

Zulu King Cetshwayo kaMpande:  1879 Anglo-Zulu Wars “the earliest historical and social literature on the Zulu Kingdom, its people and culture was written largely by western European explorers, missionaries, soldiers and colonists who were much encumbered with the racial baggage that accompanied so many Victorian documentary narratives of African societies”  Ballard, Charles C. “The Historical Image of King Cetshwayo: A Centennial Comment.” Natalia 13 (December 1983): 29-42 Context King Cetshwayo – King Shaka the Great’s nephew The son of Mpande kaSenzangakhona, and nephew of...

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Engraved Cattle Horn

A Renaissance of African Tribal Art

19th Century Engraved Zulu Cattle Horn - South Africa African tribal artwork is fascinating, invigorating, and often thought-provoking.  African tribal art has been gaining an unprecedented interest world-wide among scholars, art collectors, museum curators, and even the corporate world. This recognition and appreciation of African art emerged around 2000, as we saw a spike of African art featuring at auction houses across European and American markets. Some of the high sort artifacts are antique Dogon doors, Zulu weaponry,  Shona art,...

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Zulu Battle Axe

Tshaka kaSenzangakhona (c. 1787 – 1828), also known as Shaka Zulu or Shaka the Great, found the Zulu nation just northeast coast of South Africa. The Zulu became a warrior nation due to several conflicts they faced both internally and externally. They fought battles among local tribes including British troops so it was imperative to expand, a reason why they are the largest ethnic group in South Africa. Typical traditional weapons included long (assegai) and short spears (iklwa), axes and knobkerries. The Zulu...

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Tsonga / Zulu / Nguni Tribe Ceremonial Axe

African tribal weapons are fast becoming highly collectible. Check out the video above and let me know what you think. I personally think African tribal weapons have been overlooked. Some of the tribal weapons or ceremonial  staffs like the one in the video have a very interesting design. These were found typically with people of high social status among the Tsonga tribes in Southern Africa. Metropolitan Museum currently has a similar ceremonial axe from the Shona people (Zimbabwe, Mozambique)...

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Shona Prestige Staffs – Axe and Spear

SHONA CEREMONIAL SCEPTER'S HISTORICAL CONTEXTThe Shona tribe is based from the north of Zululand, in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa.  The Shona tribe had a tough history involved in fighting local neighboring tribes such as the Zulu,  the Portuguese, and the British as well. Just like the Zulu, the Shona people during the 19th century had a war like disposition probably due to the invariable conflicts they faced. Shona prestige axes, like the one above, known as "GANO" were ceremonial scepters that...

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