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IMAGE number
NAM5920380
Title
Assegai recovered from the vicinity of the Prince Imperial’s body, 1 June 1879
Artist
Zulu, (19th century) / South African
Location
National Army Museum, London
Date
1879 (C19th)
Description
Assegai recovered from the vicinity of the Prince Imperial’s body, 1 June 1879. The assegai, of which there were two forms, the thinner bladed throwing spear and the broad bladed stabbing spear, was the weapon of the Zulu armies. The French Prince Imperial, Louis Eugene Napoleon, then in exile in England, served on Lord Chelmsford’s staff during the Zulu War (1879). He was ambushed and killed near Ulundi on 1 June 1879 after setting out on a reconnaissance patrol without his full escort. When it was recovered, the prince’s body had 18 assegai wounds and he had been ritually disembowelled. Louis Napoleon's death caused an international scandal. He had only been allowed to go to South Africa after the Empress Eugenie and Queen Victoria had intervened on his behalf, but with the proviso that he be kept out of danger.
Photo credit
Bridgeman Images
Keywords
royalty / death / military disaster / disaster
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