Zulu Iklwa (Short Stabbing Spear) – 19th Century Pair
Time Period: 19th C.
Origin: South Africa
Materials: Metal, Wood, Palm Binding
Provenance: UK Market & Canadian Market
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Zulu spear (iklwa), 19th Century
Rare hard to find Zulu short stabbing spear from the 19th Century. Both spears are well balanced and in very good condition considering their age.
The palm binding on both spears is in good condition. Both spears have good blades that seem to have been preserved very well.
Authenticity and Valuation
Genuine, 19th-century artifacts like these Zulu spear have become highly sort after by collectors, museums and scholars. Zulu or Nguni related spears contain two notches or pincer marks below the
blade of the spear which usually has a tang that fits into the wooden shaft. A strong vegetable
glue is used to set the tang which is secured with a binding material which can be derived from
such materials as cow tail, leather strips, sinew, reed, palm leaf, split cane, brass, copper or
Ethnographic art valuation is typically determined by some of the following criteria with the help of an expert:
-Authenticity and Provenance, (origin and history of ownership)
-Quality, (the type of material used, preservation, skill, aesthetics/beauty)
-Uniqueness (the only one of its kind), rarity (occurs only in few locations) affect value.
Finally, to fully appreciate ethnographic tribal art, one has to have a sound understanding of the particular cultural history
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