Ethiopian Gurade Sword, Menelik II - 10459
The Ethiopian saber, also known as Gurade will usually employ a European imported blades, mounted with typical Ethiopian horn hilt. This specific one has a 31 inches long blade etched with floral design and with the Ethiopian Emperor emblem ( Lion of Judea) and the face of Menelik II, the emperor of Ethiopia (1885-1913). The blade is also finely etched with two warrior images holding weapons and shields. The hilt is made of a massive single piece of Rhino horn. The pommel cap is dome shaped engraved silver. Original hide shield covered with tooled leather. Total length 37 inches. Very good condition. Minor chip to the hilt horn. Tip of scabbard lightly damaged.