Middle east & caucasus
Very Good Syrian Khanjar Magdali Dagger
Origin: Magdal Shams, Golan Heights
Date: Mid 20C.
These daggers (Khanjars) are mostly titled as Syrian, which is correct. However They were produced mainly in two locations: Damascus and Magdal Shams (The tower of the sun), in the Golan Height an area of dispute between Israel and Syria. It is sometimes hard to tell where each khanjar was produced. The endless discussions and disagreement between collectors add to the confusion. We think that the Khanjars with the cylindrical grip, with or without the swell at the center are made in Magdal Shams. The Khanjar with the more flat grip are made in Damascus, all this with many exceptions.
The above define the Khanjar offered here as Magdali. A fine exemplar. Fullered and engraved blade with red colored inserts. The handle is made from layers and mosaics pieces of horn, bone, mother of pearl brass nails and colored inserts in intricate geometrical design. Engraved brass scabbard with two iron carrying rings at the sides.
Blade 5 inches. Total length 10 inches. Very good condition. Minor solder repairs on the scabbard. Authentic and fine mid 20 C. Magdali Khanjar.
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