Hand Crafted Multi Metal Bust of a Zulu Warrior
The Zimbabwean artist Caspar De Vari creates these multi metal busts. The busts are cast out of various metals copper, brass, aluminum and zinc silver. This piece is signed and numbered and comes with an authenticity certificate, making this unique piece a limited edition. The most incredible thing about Casper's; work is the fact that he has managed to capture such fine detail in each, from the facial expressions to the texture of a fabric. This statue is of a Zulu Warrior his headdress is made form leopard fur.
Height : 5 1/2 inches Length : 2 1/2 inches
Width : 3 1/2 inches Weight : 1 1/2lbs
Shaka revolutionized contemporary Black warfare by introducing the short stabbing spear to enforce fighting at close combat. This method proved to be so effective that the Zulus were still using it sixty years later in the war against the British.
Shaka based the close combat method on the logic that it was ridiculous for a striking force to throw its weapons away, as the Zulus did before his time, by aiming and hurling the longer assegai (spear) at their opponents from longer distances.
Zulu shields, made from ox hide, were used both as a protection and as a method of concealing the weapons the warrior was carrying. To establish uniformity, the cattle owned by each regiment were of the same color as their shields.
Specially appointed individuals made weapons and shields and even today, these people are still regarded as specialists in their craft. Shaka was the uncontested ruler of an area bounded by the Tugela River in the south, the Buffalo River in the west, and the Pongola River in the north and the Indian Ocean in the east.