Billao Dagger from East Africa
Date: Mid 20.
The Billao (Some time called Belawa) is a Somali Dagger of characteristic asymmetrical leaf shaped blade and horn or sometimes ivory handle with pronged pommel (One or three prongs) and a leather or hide scabbard. The Billao was favored by the Dervish movement that in the very end of the 19 C. attempted to establish a free state in Nugaal valley in east of today Somalia.
The Billao offered here is a good exemplar of classical asymmetrical but narrow blade with shallow central rib. Ivory handle with black horn and brass separators , triple pommel prongs of white colored metal, probably Aluminum. Leather and hide scabbard.
Blade 8 inches. Total length 15 1/2 inches. Very good condition. Authentic mid 20C. Billao
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