Original Victorian Era Zulu War Iklwa Twisted Neck Spear
Original Item: Only One Available. Under Shaka Zulu, the Zulu warrior carried a short stabbing spear with an approximate 10-18 inch blade over 1.5 inches wide fastened with wrapping to a 30 long wooden shaft. The head of the spear has a twisted neck and an iron forged base for hammering on the cowhide shield during pre-battle chants and celebrations.
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 This weapon was known as the iklwa or ixwa for the sound that was heard as it was withdrawn from the victim's wound.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.
Constructed of a steel tip with hide-like twine-reinforced socket and all wood shaft. The Zulu Iklwa is a must for Victorian history buffs or collectors of the Martini-Henry rifle.
Overall Length: 48"
Shaft Length: 30
Blade: 18 x 1"
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