Spectacular cdv of a Zulu "Kaffir" Warrior with shield and spear! A true Zulu War rarity, an actual warrior wearing tribal headgear, holding his assegai and shield in a very war like fashion.
Written beneath the photo is "Our surrounding native Kaffir's minus the assegai & shield (please) as this is a warrior."
Written on the back is Yours Sincerely James Wise
Very minor soiling and wear as shown in the photographs. The term "Kaffir" has not always been considered a racial term (see below). An excellent and scarce early example of a real Zulu Warrior!
$475.00 plus shipping
The ZULU IKLWA is a shorter-style assegai. This weapon was known as the iklwa or ixwa for the sound that was heard as it was withdrawn from the victim's wound. Made famous in the Zulu Wars of South Africa, as seen in the films Zulu and Zulu Dawn and used by the Zulu tribe during the Battle of Isandlwana, the Battle of Rorke's Drift, and the Battle of Ulundi during the Zulu war in 1879 South Africa.
The word kaffir (or alternatively kaffer) is a term used in Southern Africa to refer to a black person. Now considered an offensive ethnic slur, it was formerly considered by whites to be a neutral term for black South Africans.
The word is derived from the Arabic term kafir (meaning "disbeliever"), which originally had the meaning "one without religion". Arab Traders adopted the term to refer to non-Muslim peoples. Variations of the word were used in English, Dutch, and, later, in Afrikaans, from the 17th century to the early 20th century as a general term for several different peoples of Southern Africa. In Portuguese, in French and in Spanish, the equivalent cafre was used. The term acquired a distinctly derogatory meaning in the context of South African history, especially during the Apartheid era. In Afrikaans, the term is more commonly spelled kaffer.