South Africa: The Art of a Nation review

The guardian | Jonathan Jones:

Can war be beautiful? It was undoubtedly an art of sublime elegance for the Zulu nation in the 19th century, when they used some of the most precise military manoeuvres ever planned to massacre an entire British army.

The Battle of Isandlwana in 1879 shocked and perplexed the Age of Empire. Warriors equipped mostly with spears and ox-hide shields should not have been able to destroy a European force armed with Martini-Henry rifles, it seemed to Victorians… Read more

Image: A pair of late 19th-century Sotho gun cartridge dolls. Photograph: © The Trustees of the British Museum