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Zulu warriors, 1879 - 1880

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3058A/25

Scope and Contents

132 x 177 mm. Showing two Zulu warriors dressed in war regalia and armed with shields and assegais. The two men, the one on the left wearing the 'isicoco' or circular headring denoting a married man, the younger one wearing feathered plumes, are members of a 'black' or relatively inexperienced regiment: this is denoted by their shields which are black with a white latticework supporting structure. As the regiment increased in war service so the shields became progressively whiter, until finally the honour of an all white shield might be achieved. The figure on the left carries the smaller model of shield introduced by Cetshwayo in the 1850's, which is possibly red rather than black to denote his married status. Zulu warriors were kept in enforced celibacy until about the age of forty, at which time whole regiments were often given permission to marry simultaneously.


  • Creation: 1879 - 1880


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Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Poor condition, some dirt marking and yellowing.

Existence and Location of Copies

CN 593. CN 336.





Finding aid date

2004-10-01 12:03:28+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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