Zulu Half Moon Ceremonial Battle Axe

Original price was: $5,500.00.Current price is: $4,500.00.

A Very Rare 19th Century Zulu Pre-battle Ceremonial Axe

Origin: Zulu People (South Africa)
Time Period: 19th Century
Provenance: UK Market
Materials: Wood, Iron, Brass Wire

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Pre-battle Zulu Half Moon Axe

Ceremonial Axe Description

Zulu pre-battle half moon axes are extremely rare to find on the open market. Not too many survived over the years and the few are held in private collections and museums. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone to add this piece to their collection

Pre-battle Half Moon Axe Traditional Use

These axes were common among Nguni tribes, Tsonga, Venda and Shona tribes across Southern Africa. They were used for ceremonial pre-battle purposes and some were used as a status symbol in the community.


  • Semi circular blade (likely from a European food chopper)
  • Shona style wirework with some loss commensurate to age.
  • Carved, hollow semi-circular symbols on haft imitating the half moon blade


Zulu and Shona – Half Moon Blade


Genuine tribal artwork valuation is typically based on some of the following criteria with the help of an expert:

  1. Condition, (damages, repairs)
  2. Authenticity and Provenance, (history of ownership)
  3. Quality, (the type of material used, preservation, skill, aesthetics/beauty)
  4. Uniqueness (the only one of its kind), rarity (occurs only in few locations)  affect value.

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