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PostSubject: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptyMon Mar 23, 2009 7:08 pm

This is a Zulu dance shield used at weddings. It was collected by Antoinette Powell-Cotton at Hluhluwe a small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in 1935.

The making of Zulu shields, both for ceremony and war, was a specialized craft. Hide was taken from the back of an animal, pegged out in the sun to harden and dry then buried under manure for at least two days before being pounded with stones. The characteristic oval shape was cut and a central stick support secured by leather loops. Two columns of small horizontal slits were cut in the face of the shield and supple pieces of leather interwoven between them down each side of the stick to give the central section a double thickness.

Warrior Elites
Small cow-hide shields such as this were developed into larger versions, known as Isihlangu, in the early 19th century by Shaka kaSenzangakhona, a great warrior king and innovator who transformed Zulu warriors into a potent military machine. Shaka also introduced a new short, stabbing spear and a new style of fighting whereby the Zulu could barge his enemy off balance with the shield, or use it to hook around hid enemy’s shield, pull it across his body and stab him under the left arm. These new weapons and methods, combined with tactical brilliance on the battlefield allowed the Zulu to conquer their neighbours, consolidate economic and military power, and resist European invasion for a long period.

The Zulu military system was based on the close bonding of unmarried men grouped by age. Brought together in a barracks at about 18-20 years old, a group of 350-400 men developed a strong identity as a ‘regiment’ or impi thanks to insignia such as the patterning on their shields. Each impi had its own kraal of cattle, and King Shaka assigned each a specific hide patterning. Impi kept their shields turned face-inwards under their arms while charging the enemy, until the last moment when the entire regiment turned their shields to face the enemy - who would only realise which of Shaka’s regiments they faced with seconds to spare. This idea that the shield represented one’s military identity is enshrined in the Zulu expression, "to be under somebody’s shield", meaning to be under their protection.

Yet the different colours and markings on shields did more than just identify a specific impi. Great warriors had white shields with one or two spots, the young and inexperienced had black shields whilst the middle warriors had red shields. This demarcation formed the basis of the Zulu's famous battle formation imitating the horns, chest and loins of a cow, which is thought to have originated in hunting as a means of encircling game. During combat, the youngest and swiftest warriors, carrying dark shields, made up the 'horns', attempting to surround the enemy and draw him into the 'chest', whereupon the elite white shields would destroy him.

After a year of basic training, young warriors were sent home to tend their family cattle herds, mobilising for active service for four months of each year thereafter. Impi were disbanded when the men reached their late thirties and, under Shaka, it was only then they could marry. However, by the time of Zulu War of 1879, in the reign of Cetewayo, the marriage age was much younger and married warriors were no longer regarded as inferior and could bear a white shield in battle. Whether a Zulu warrior was active or retired, his shield remained an important symbol of his status upon entering marriage.

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PostSubject: shield on ebay.   Zulu Shield EmptySun Nov 01, 2009 9:08 am

hi all.
If anyone is interested.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ZULU-SHIELD_W0QQitemZ180426420477QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Antiques_EthnographicAntiques_EH?hash=item2a0240b0fd
cheers 90th.
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PostSubject: zulu shield   Zulu Shield EmptySat Nov 28, 2009 12:23 am

hi all.
Nice example of a shield.

http://cgi.ebay.com/EXCEPTIONAL-1879-VINTAGE-LARGE-ZULU-WAR-SHIELD_W0QQitemZ130347534822QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Antiques_EthnographicAntiques_EH?hash=item1e595189e6
cheers 90th.
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptySun Mar 07, 2010 10:02 pm

Zulu Shield Zulus10indlondlo
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptySun Mar 07, 2010 10:14 pm

luzitanos Welcome to the forum. Very interesting image. Is this something to do with wargaming.
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptyTue Mar 09, 2010 8:10 pm

yes i make it for wargamers you can find more in

www.juniorgeneral.org

our i can post it there if are a topic :)
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptyTue Mar 09, 2010 8:14 pm

luzitanos. Thats some website.
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PostSubject: Re: Zulu Shield   Zulu Shield EmptyTue Mar 09, 2010 9:09 pm

yes is a web site with free paper military figures, vehicles, planes, ships

ships i only have make some kriegsmarine
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can anyone tell me if
uMbonamb “The Evil Omen”
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