Middle east & caucasus
Rare Royal Saidi Khanjar, Oman
Date: Late 19 C.
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 attaractive 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 rhino horn set with the classical Saidi silver filigree panels. The 7 ringer scabbard is bound with golden color threads and mounted with filigree silver locket and chape. This khanjar comes with its original fabric belt with heavy double links silver buckle .
Blade 7 1/2 inches long. Total length 13 1/2 inches. Good condition. Scabbard cover damaged and repaired. Losses to the scabbard threads. Losses to the belt. Authentic and rare Khanjar.
See also: Jehan S. Rajab, “Silver Jewellery of Oman” Fig 51 Page 45
Price: On request
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