Zulu Shield

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Zulu Shield

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 [......]
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