Middle east & caucasus

Silver Mounted Daharia (Sabiki) Jambiya Dagger

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Origin: Saudi Arabia

Date: Early 20 C.

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Daharia daggers (also callaed Sabiki in some places) are common dagger in the Hijaz, Asir and Jizan regions of western Yemen and South Saudi Arabia. Sizes vary from long dagger  to short swords.  The word Daharia is derived  from Dhura’eyah – arm long dagger (free translation). The Daharia is worn with a wide leather belt horizontally across the body

The Daharia offered here is of double edged blade. The handle is horn grips with silver grip strap (partially replaced with brass strip), heavy silver triangular pommel, center silver band and cross guard all set with granular decoration. Wood scabbard with fabric cover  and large silver locket set with red stone (glass) and silver / brass chape also decorated with granular silver work. The back side of the scabbard is covered with leather (Later).

 

Blade 12 inches 31 cm). Total length 19 1/2 inches (50 cm). very good condition. Minor losses.

 

See also: Thierry Mauger “Flowered Men and Green Slopes of Arabia” pages 94-95 Showing a group of Arab men from Asir in a dancing performance, each carrying a Sabiki dagger and gun.

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