Middle east & caucasus
Very Good Omani Kattara Long Sword
Date: 19 C.
Early swords from the Arab cultures use to employ straight heavy blades. Curved shamshir style swords were adopted by many Arab communities and cultures around the 10 th C In two regions of the Arab peninsula – Oman and Yemen straight blade swords continued to be used. The well known Omani Kattara sword was extensively used in the 18 and 19 C. and well into the beginning of the 20 C.
The Kattara sword offered here has a very long straight and double edge blade with central fuller at third of its length and a spatula shaped tip. . Two handed wood hilt bound with leather and embroidered with silver strips and with a band of silver wire at the top (later). and a band of twisted silver wire. The pommel is a heavy square steel piece covered with silver. This long and heavy pommel acts as a counter weight to the very long blade resulting in a very well balance sword.
Blade length 31 1/2 inches. Total length 39 1/2 inches. Very good condition. Very minor losses to the silver embroidery on the grip. No scabbard.
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