Rare Long Dagger from Darfur, South Sudan.
Origin: Darfur, South Sudan
Date: Late 19 C.
This long dagger from the wide family of arm daggers is coming from Darfur. Triangular long blade better described as a short sword. blade of a diamond cross section and with line engraved in a geometrical pattern. One piece turned wood handle with circulare pommel. scabbard The lower part is bound with a reptile skin, most probably a crocodile skin. Like many daggers from this region it was equipped with leather arm band (Now missing).
Blade 14 inches (36 cm) long. Total length19 1/2 inches (50 cm). Very good condition. Arm loop missing. Small wood chip on the pommel disk. Repair of the reptile skin seam. Little age shrink of the scabbard.
For a similar dagger with references to its origin see: www.africanarms.com – African weapons – sword and knife page1
Also Quai Branly museum article 71.1822.214.171.124-2.
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