ZULU WARRIOR SET OF WEAPONS late 19th Century
A ZULU KNOBKERRIE late 19th century 77 cm long, having a bulbous end and a carved (hatched) grip with hole for a leather string.
Zulu assegai – or throwing spear.
Zulu assegai – or throwing spear. The spear is a little over 127 cm long. Spear head is about 31 cm long. The carved throwing shaft/grip section is approx 17cm long.
This weapon is amazingly light and would travel through the air quite well, it would have been very dangerous missile. Iunderstand that 19th century Zulu warriors were brave and quite well trained, particularly in close combat; however, they soon realised that British bayonets and the men that were using them were also extremely dangerous (and well drilled) in close combat situations. Thus these weapons were widely used to distract or preferably incapacitate their foe at a distance before closing in with the deadly Iklwa – or stabbing spear.
Zulu Iklwa – or stabbing spear.
The Zulu “Iklwa” is the famous short shafted, large bladed spear that carved out one of the greatest early African nations. Used with a cowhide shield this spear, sized for a deadly underhand stabbing fighting style, is said to be named for the sound it made as it entered the enemy.
Blade 43cm by 6cm at widest point and heavy steel.
58 cm handle which has a Woven hand grip made from rushes or similar, (toned over age) to grip.