Spectacular 1879 Period Regimental Zulu War Shield, Umbhumbulozu Pattern
Item Description: A beautiful 1879-vintage umbhumbulozu pattern regimental war shield measuring 45 x 25 inches. This example is not only in very good condition but has a visually very striking pattern, a colour associated with the uMbonambi ibutho in 1879. The uMbonambi played a prominent role in the Anglo-Zulu War, and were present at the battles of iSandlwana - where they were the first to penetrate the British line, earning for their warriors who killed a British soldier the right to wear the coveted iziqu 'bravery bead' necklace - Khambula and Ulundi. A stunning example.