Middle east & caucasus

Rare Royal Saidi Khanjar, Oman

15602 Category:

1,795$ Exl. VAT

Origin: Oman

Date: Early 20 C.

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The Omani Khanjar known as “Saidi” or “Royal” style is the most sought after of all Omani Khanjars and certainly deserves the respect. The tale is that the Persian wife of Sayyid Said bin Sultan was bored with the classical shape of the Omani Khanjar and designed this attractive style as a present to her husband. Hence the “Royal” title. The general “L” shaped scabbard and the twisted wires belt attachment is kept Omani, however the handle and grip, usually silver or rhino horn, are highly decorated with filigree silver panels and inserts.

The exemplar exhibited here has  a classical curved and dual edge blade with a central rib. The hilt is R horn set with the classical Saidi silver filigree panels. The 4 ringer scabbard is bound with silverish threads and mounted with filigree silver locket and chape.

Blade  8 inches (20 cm) long. Total length 13 inches (33 cm).Very good condition. Blackened spots on the blade. Back cover leather is a later replacement. Authentic and rare Khanjar.

See also: Jehan S. Rajab, “Silver Jewellery of Oman” Fig 51 Page 45

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