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African 90cm Zulu shield hide
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African 90cm Zulu Cowhide Shield


Region: South Africa

Material: Nguni Cow hide

Size: 90cm (H)

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African cattle hide 90cm Zulu shields

Size: 90cm (Hide) - This is the hide only and does not include the clubs or center shaft.

60cm Zulu shieldA Zulu shield standing 90cm tall and handmade out of cattle hide/leather. This is the hide leather part of the shield only and does not include the clubs. The clubs are the spear known locally as an Assegai, the ball club known locally as the Knob-Kerrie and then the center shaft known locally as Umboko. Zulu shields are traditionally made from Nguni Cow hide which is the local cow in Southern Africa.

Handcrafted by the Genuine Zulu tribesmen this Zulu shield is treated to allow for export purposes and makes for an excellent wall hanging. Collectors and African lover alike are now using Zulu shields in their ethnic home decor designs.

75cm Zulu shieldZulu shields were originally used in battle. However, in our modern times they are mainly used for traditional Zulu ceremonies; such as weddings and funerals. Zulu Shield were mainly used for protection. The Zulu war-shield could be tall enough to cover the owner’s body and it is in an oval shape that can withstand any spear from penetrating it. Formal training was not in use until King Shaka Zulu took over the Mthetwa army and revolutionized the Zulu weapons.

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.

These ornamental shields are made by traditional Zulu craftsmen as a means to their income . The Zulu people are found i in South Africa. The area that they can be found is called KwaZulu Natal. Zulu art and traditional works are some of the most beautiful you will be able to find anywhere in the world.

Read up on the history of the Zulu shield on our website

A true collectors item. All sizes listed are approximate.

The African handcrafted Zulu shield you purchase and receive may differ just slightly in size, look, and/or color from the African Zulu shield shown in the picture because each Zulu shield is handcrafted by individual artists.

Zulu shields are crafted from Nguni cow hide in the natural colour of the hide. Let us know your colour choice when you order your shield. These Zulu shields have the 3 clubs attached, the spear known locally as an Assegai, the ball club known locally as the Knob-Kerrie and then the center shaft known locally as Umboko.

A selection of the Zulu shield patterns and colours. Each one is unique and no two will be exactly the same. Email us if you are wanting a specific colour choice or you can leave that up to us.

Other styles Sizes available below or on our main African Zulu shields page

African 75cm Zulu Cowhide Shield
African Zulu 75cm shield

Region: South Africa

Material: Nguni Cow hide

Size: 75cm (H)

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