African shield and spear
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A Nguni shield is a traditional ox or cowhide shield with a pointed oval shape that is used by various ethnic groups among the Nguni people of southern Africa. It is currently used by diviners, as well as for ritual and symbolic purposes,, and many are made for the tourist market.  In Zulu, a cow-hide shield is called isihlangu, ihawu, or ingubha, and in Xhosa, ikhaka or ikhawu. These native names, strictly speaking, refer to shields of various applications; additional forms have different names. War shields were usually held in the stockpiles of a chief or monarch, with a smaller shield reserved for his subordinates’ everyday use or as a supplement at their dancing ceremonies. Raw cattle hide is used to make true Nguni shields, as the revered Sanga-Nguni cattle distinguish the shields, which are more than just physical defense.
There are several named varieties of these shields among the Zulus, each with its own purpose.
 An isihlangu is a massive war shield that measures about 5 feet (1.5 m) in length and means “to brush aside.”
:29–30 :29–30 :29–30 It was King Shaka’s preferred shield, and he wanted his warriors to use it to their advantage by hooking the opponent’s shield during hand-to-hand combat. :29–30 :29–30 :29–30 The umbumbuluzo, like the isihlangu, was a war shield, but it was shorter (3.5 feet) and more durable. They could be carried in one hand and were used in Cetshwayo’s campaign against Mbulazi in 1856. Ihubelo is a large hunting shield that is smaller than isihlangu but bigger than ihawu. At dances, the ihawu is a small to medium-sized shield. 318 318 318 318 318 318 318 318 318 3 The igabelomunye is the smallest decorative shield, which can be used as an accessory to dancing. The igqoka is a thin, tidy shield for courting, and the igabelomunye is the smallest decorative shield, which can be used as an accessory to dancing. [6:29]
Below is a set of African Zulu shields made from Nguni cow hide by traditional Zulu craftsmen in South Africa. Nguni is a form of local cow found in Southern Africa that is known for its hide’s variety of patterns and colors. The spear, known locally as an Assegai, the ball club, known locally as the Knob-Kerrie, and the middle shaft, known locally as Umboko, are all attached to these Zulu shields.
We have Zulu shields in a variety of sizes, ranging from 10cm ornamental shields to 1m Zulu shields. They’re made from Nguni cow hide that’s been left to age naturally. When ordering your shield, let us know which color you want.
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Assegai spear – long and short shaft
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During our 20 years of company, R&R Traders has never had a shield returned to us. Any issue or change is simple to fix. Our shields are imported after a thorough managerial inspection. We cover the costs of customs, import, and licenses. From Virginia, shields are being sent to you (USA). Purchasing directly from Afirca can surprise the home buyer and be prohibitively expensive. Inquire for layaway. Previous customers are eligible for discounts.
The cost of Zulu Shields is determined by the difficulty of acquiring a particular color of hide. There are no compromises in terms of quality. All shields are made to exacting standards. Purchases from the United States and around the world are shipped from Virginia.
Our authentic Zulu War shields are handcrafted by a master Zulu shield maker. Each shield is a work of art and a conversation starter. These shields are exclusive to R & R TRADERS and are sold to stores and individuals around the world for use in decorating rooms and offices. Many of them are offered to military and other organisations as farewell presents.
Shield and spear – trailer
Isihlangu of the Zulu War Shield, with Knob-Kerrie Ball Club and Assegai Spear. Zulu tribesmen in KwaZulu Natal, also known as Zulu Land, handcrafted this authentic, traditional shield. Nguni cowhide is used to make authentic Zulu shields. Nguni cattle are native to Southern Africa and are used extensively in Zulu culture. Hide was stripped off an animal’s back, dried in the sun, and buried under manure for at least a year before being pounded with stones. The oval shape was cut out, and leather loops were used to secure a central stick support. To give the central section of the stick a double thickness, two columns of small horizontal slits were cut in the face of the shield and supple pieces of leather interwoven between them down either side of the stick.