African Cowboy & Nguni Cattle | Fine Art | Travel Prints

African Cowboy & Nguni Cattle | Fine Art | Travel Prints

African Cowboy Herding Nguni Cattle

"the fine and subtle nuance of the isiZulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide or the shape of a pair of horns is linked to images in nature.

Animals with specific colours and patterns on their hides are given unique Zulu names, which translate as follows:

The eggs of the lark – a creamy coat spotted with fine rust speckles.

The gaps between the branches of the trees silhouetted against the sky – a deeply dappled animal.

The hornbill takes to flight – a dark beast which shows a flash of white beneath its flank when its walks.

What stabs the rain – the upright points of a young steer’s horns.

While these terms form the core of a fascinating system of classification, cattle imagery also abounds in Zulu oral history and poetry; in tales, proverbs, riddles and the praises of individual beasts, celebrated by their owners for their fertility, their vigour and their character and which subtly reflect the changing fortunes and social concerns of the Zulu people."

Reference; Brand South Africa & "The Abundant Herds" by Dr Marguerite Poland 

he Abundant Herds: A Celebration of the Nguni Cattle of the Zulu People (ISBN 1 874950 69 5) is published by Fernwood Press.



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African Cowboy | Travel Prints

African Cowboy | Travel Prints

Fine Art Print of an African Cowboy Herding Nguni Cattle

I love driving to my destinations when possible. I love the feeling of being on the road. Never knowing what is around the next corner. On many of my travels some of my most memorable photographs were opportunistic. A fleeting scene grabbing my attention causing me stop and grab my camera. 

As was the case with the African Cowboy and Nguni. They were just about to cross the road when I arrived within a few minutes they were far off in to the dusty horizon.



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Nguni Cows | Photo Wall Art Prints

Nguni Cows | Photo Wall Art Prints

Giclee art prints of nguni cows in dusty tree landscape.

"The Nguni cattle breed is special to southern Africa. A hybrid of different Indian and later European cattle breeds, they were introduced by Bantu-speaking tribes to southern Africa during their migration from the north of the continent. The cattle breed is medium-sized and adapted to grazing on the highveld"


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Nguni Cattle Herd | Photo Wall Art Prints

Nguni Cattle Herd | Photo Wall Art Prints

Fine Art Print of a Herd of Nguni Cattle

"South Africa’s indigenous Nguni cattle, long the mainstay of traditional Zulu culture, are possibly the most beautiful cattle in the world, with their variously patterned and multicoloured hides everywhere in demand" Brand South Africa

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