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
steel wire

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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