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CECIL SKOTNES    
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PRINTS FROM 'THE ASSASINATION OF SHAKA' PORTFOLIO' - CECIL SKOTNES & STEVEN GRAY    
             

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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title:11. The Forging of The Stabbing Spear 19/225
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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  Cecil Skotnes
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title:14. Kwabulawayo Kraal 19/225
from the Assassination
of Shaka portfolio
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 19. Shaka Defeats Zwide
19/225 from the Assassination
of Shaka portfolio
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: Shaka's Elephant Hunt 19/225
from the Assassination
of Shaka portfolio
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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the bellows opened a flame
a shaft of iron in the blast
at Ngonyama's place
the melting down of all our
weaponry into
one stabbing spear
when beside the secret forge
through trees like props of dark came
  Kwabulawayo was a market
of little worth
at first the curving huts
with not much industry
dust from splayed hoofs
and reed fences (Dingane)
like the one you hide behind
pastoral I suppose
but far too humble
(Dingane) to satisfy
the place of killing
was hardly alive
  then Zwide collector of skulls
my Fasimba boys in perfect
ranks close secateurs
of spinal cords and off
with their rolling heads
  what better celebration than hunting my elephant
we beat (Dingane) beat royal herds of
impala
pig lion leopard
the elephant across
a cleft of the white and black Umfolozi we hamstrung
such elephant (Dingane)
the Portuguese want more ivory see
to it
it's your one mistake
all my elephants tumble down
             


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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 27. Shaka Relaxes with his Concubines 19/225
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 31. Shaka Presides over his Court of Justice
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Print

 


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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 33. British Traders Arrive
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title:38. Lieutenant King returns Knickknacks to Shaka
19/225
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Woodblock
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the world reeled out of
abstinence and my sisters
clicked pink palettes
you must admit that took
some discipline twelve
hundred black virgins
to be loved by me
I don't think they were
dissatisfied
  that is why our seasons
revolved about trials
of free men and a long rein
for the trusted (Dingane)
a twist of the neck for the bad
  there was no getting away
from the mermen of Port Natal
they circled my new Kwabulawayo
on pale horses with pale sunhats
and rifles
they were entertaining
Farewell Fynn Isaacs
with fingers for skins and conviction
that shaking hands made a bargain
they were not that impressed
with women route marches
raids showed of bravery
so I signed a meticulous document
gave them Durban Bluff
Berea Congella to tie
their king's anchor
  kink Georgie returned me his trash
a mirror a copper bead
is it for that black muscle
will dock ships work factories
tar roads underneath gold
clutter and smoke out locations
King Georgie he sent me his trash
a mirror a copper bead
             
Cecil Skotnes
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 39. Shaka Tries a Headman 19/225
22 Spetember 1828 Dukuza (Stanger)
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Print

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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: 41. Mhlange Dingane and Mbopa Lie in Wait 19/225
Size: 44 x 28 cm
Media: Print
Cecil Skotnes
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Artist: CECIL SKOTNES
Title: Untitled '87 22/50
Size: 67 x 57 cm
Media: Lithograph
Price: R 4 500 Unframed

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Title: Untitled 59/60
Size: 120 by 60 cm
Media: Woodcut
Price: R18 000
             
only this morning I knew brotherhood
I grew tired of the killing
(Mbopa)
when an old Zulu
praised his judge
Shaka my king he said
your name
Shaka
Zulu
will live
and I let him live
  you mean three
crouched for your own good
no hyenas will touch my flesh
for you (Dingane)
kill your king (Mbopa)
please
for letting you live
stab your
       
             
             
             

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