Traditional Antique Omani silver Saidi Sa´idiyyah style Khanjar dagger

Omani silver Khanjar
  • Description

 

Rare complete Omani khanjar. Four light rings. The handle of Rhino and silver ornaments on the top part identical to the Saidi khanjar. This khanjar has 4 silver rings.

The bottom part woven with gold wire ( a lost art form) The Textile belt is original but very worn. Old blade.

 

 Antique Omani silver Khanjar

Antique Omani khanjar

 Antique Omani khanjar 

Arab name: Omani khanjar

Period: 1850-1920

Origin: Oman Zanzibar

We do not know the origin of the gold-threat used.  During the late 19th century gold and silver threat from Aleppo was sold in the Jeddah and Mecca souqs (ref 5 page 129) but we do not know if this was  also the case in Oman.

References:
  1. Richardson & Dorr The craft and Heritage of Oman vol 1 222-233
  2. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p45
  3. Robert Elgood The Arms and armour of Arabia page 84 fig 9.28 (in gold) page 88 fig 9.38
  4. Ernst Hieke, zur geschichte des Deutschen handels mit Oastafrika Teil 1 Wm Oswald & Co" page abb 40 1939. Earliest picture of Sultan Madjid with a Saidi khanjar
  5. Western Arabia in the Leiden collections traces of a colourful past by Luitgard Mols and Arnoud Vrolijk, Leiden Publications 2016 page 129
  6. Charles Buttin Le catalogue de la collection d'armes ancienneseuropéennes et orientales"1933 The above  khanjar is identical to the khanjar numbered 980. This collection was collected mostly before 1900.

 

Antique Omani khanjar Buttin