Powder Horn

Zulu peoples

South African

Powder horn, ca. mid-1890's

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Horn, brass and leather

Dimensions: 24 3/4 in. (62.9 cm)

Gift of Pieter Wiest in memory of Julie Garrett, Karel Wiest and Peggy Wiest, 2002.20

The Zulu people have a reputation as fearless fighters and formidable military strategists. During the nineteenth century, King Shaka united the Zulu peoples and recruited young men to be trained as fierce warriors. After defeating competing armies and assimilating their people, Shaka created one of the mightiest empires in Africa’s history. The engravings on this powder horn tell the story of a battle from the Zulu people’s point of view.

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