Billao Dagger from East Africa
Origin: East Africa
Date: Early -mid 20 C.
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 blade with shallow central rib. Ivory handle with black horn separators , single silver pommel prong and finely tooled leather scabbard.
Blade 9 1/2 inches. Total length 18 inches. Very good condition.
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