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30 May 2019 16:30 GMT

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6 sepia photographs approximately 10.5 x6.5 mm; two with the photographer's name on the back, only one is dated 1864, but they all are from the same period. They are all in good condition as described below.

1. Kreli - Titled below the photograph in ink and inscribed on the back - Kreli - A celebrated Kaffir Chief

2. Gaika Chief Sandilli - titled below the photograph. On the back is typed T. Henderson photographer KingWilliamstown

3. Sandili's Wives - titled below the photograph. Nothingis inscribed on the back of the photograph

4.Xhosa women - underneath the photograph W. Waller Grahamstown. This is repeated on the back

5. Xhosa women in traditional dress each with a basket on her head - no caption. Inscribed at the top of the photograph from left to right: Fingoe Kaffir Fingoe

6. A Chief of New Zealand - untitled. This is inscribed on the back in ink

Bull (Majorie) Secure the shadow:
Henderson, Thomas C. 83 Caledon Street. Cape Town 1865, Kingwilliamstown 1865 page 234
Waller, William. Bathurst and Anglo African Street, Grahamstown 1854 page 250

Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa vol 6 page 459: Chief Kreli, (about 1820 - 1902) also known as King Sarili ka Hintsa, was the 5th chief of the Gcaleka sub-group of the Xhosa people of South Africa, as well as the paramount chief of the Xhosa people from 1835 until his death in 1892 at Sholora, Bomvanaland. He was also known as "Kreli", and led the Gcaleka armies in a series of frontier wars. He was an esteemed leader of his people and a good warrior. Chief Kreli was the oldest son of King Hintsa and Hintsa's first wife, Nomsa.

Chief of the Gaikas Chief Sandile, born in the Ciskei in 1820, was killed in Denge Forest in a skirmish with the Fingos under Captain J. Lonsdale Sunday, 29 May 1887. Sandile was a son from the Great House of Ngqika. During the Seventh Frontier War (1846-47) Sandile was defeated and his territory was put under British command and called British Kaffraria. His dissatisfaction with the appointment British commissioners to rule the territory led to the Eighth Frontier War (1850-53). Sandile was deposed and Charles Brownlee, was appointed in his place as paramount chief. In 1878 Sandile, joined by Kreli of the Galekas, waged war against Colonial forces, which included loyal Fingos, at the Battle of Kentani in an attempt to regain his position. He was defeated and fled to Denge, where he met his untimely death.

  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Sold By: Clarke's Africana & Rare Books
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  • Country: South Africa
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