Middle east & caucasus

A Saudi Daharia Long Dagger From Hijaz / Asir

15573 Category:

795$ Exl. VAT

Origin: Saudi Arabia

Date: Early 20 C.

A Jambiya dagger from south Saudi Arabia, Hijaz or Asir regions. This type of daggers were worn mounted horizontally or semi horizontally on the belt. They are mistakenly attributed to the early Wahhabi  religious movement, but there is no real link to this connection.  These were the common type of long daggers in the Hijaz and Asir regions in the west part of the Arabian Peninsula along the coastline of the Red Sea. They also seen further south in Tihama  on the red see shores of western Yemen. These long daggers (actually short sword) are also known as Daharia and Sabiki.

The example exhibited here has a good wide blade lightly engraved. Horn grip slab on the front face of the handle and wood on the back side. The handle and the scabbard are covered with silver sheet and decorated with brass twisted wire and decorative white metal domes. Back side covered with low silver or white metal sheet.  The dagger is bound horizontally to the original leather belt.

Blade 17 inches (43 cm) long, 3 inches (7 cm) wide. Total length 22 inches (56 cm). Total length of the belt fully extended 41 inches (104 cm). Very good condition. Authentic and complete early 20C. Daharia short sword.


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