Middle east & caucasus
A Saudi Daharia Long Dagger From Hijaz / Asir
Origin: South West Arabian Peninsula
Date: Mid 20 C.
A Jambiya dagger from south Saudi Arabia from Hijaz or Asir regions. This type of daggers were worn mounted horizontally or semi horizontally on the belt and they are mistakenly attributed to 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 coast line 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 under the names Daharia and Sabiki.
The example exhibited hear has a good blade with short fullers. Horn grip slabs bound in brass and copper grip straps. Handle mounts and the scabbard are made of silver heavily decorated with filigree and granulation work and set with red stones (glass ??) , The dagger is bound horizontally to a classical and colorful leather belt (later).
Blade 12 1/2 iunches. Total length19 inches. Total length of with the belt fully extended 39 inches. Very good condition. Authentic and complete mid 20C. Daharia dagger.
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