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June 01 2013

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Jambiya Dagger

  • Dated: 18th - 19th century
  • Culture: probably Yemeni
  • Measurements: 30 x 5 cm

This jambiya dagger was probably designed for ceremonial/presentation purposes. Its main feature is the crystal handle, which is quite rare since in any jambiya case the most significant part of a the dagger is its hilt. In fact, the price of a jambiya is in most cases determined by its hilt.

The saifani handle is known to be the most famous and is found on the daggers of wealthier citizens and is made of rhinoceros’s horns. Though, different versions of saifani handles can be distinguished by their colour.

Source: © 2013. Lotus Within Gallery

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