The Zulu battle-axe


  • T. Maggs Natal Museum


Little attention has been given previously to the occurrence of battle-axes in precolonial Natal. The accepted view has been that they were a late introduction from neighbouring areas. This paper provides a variety of evidence for greater antiquity in the region and demonstrates that the battle-axe had a cultural status of greater significance than its mere function as a hunting or fighting weapon.

To cite this paper: Maggs, T. 1993. The Zulu battle-axe. Natal Museum Journal of Humanities 5: 175-88.



How to Cite

Maggs, T. (2021). The Zulu battle-axe. Southern African Humanities, 5, 175–88. Retrieved from

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