Antique Omani Al Saidi Khanjar / Royal khanjar

Saidi Khanjar
  • Description

Rare complete and antique Omani Sa'idiyyah Khanjar / Royal khanjar.

Rhino horn hilt embellished with silver rosettes, filigree work, granulation, wire-work, beaded wire. The dagger sheath is made of wood encased in leather and wrapped in silver thread, with plaques of silver wire-work,  granulation and beaded wire. 

The dagger sheath has four large silver rings (and three linked smaller ones) which are hooked on a woven textile belt with a silver buckle, so seven rings in total. The belt is woven from gold or silver threat. The old buckle is cast from silver using cuttlefish-shell (see pattern on the back of the buckle)

Compare the one in the British museum Ingrams collection. Ref 2 Stuhlmann 1910 mentions that these khanjars generally have inferior blades (bought very cheaply in Solingen) thereby defusing the myth that old Omani khanjars normally had high quality blades. Ref 2 Stuhlmann 1910 page 127 also refers to the filigree silver work on the khanjars, curved silver powder horns and silver tubes (in bandoleers) that used were used in the past by the irregular soldiers of the Sultan. He also mentions that these khanjars were normally not made in Zanzibar but in Arabia

 Antique Omani siver khanjar

Antique Omani Khanjar

Antique Omani Khanjar 

 Antique Omani khanjar

 

 

Arab names: Sa'idiyyah Khanjar ; Saidi Khanjar ; Omani Khanjar

Period: 1850-1900

Origin: Oman

References:
  1. 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
  2. Stuhlmann handwerk und industrie in Ostafrika Friederichsen & Co Hamburg 1910 page 127 abbildung69
  3. Ruth Hawley Silver the traditional art of Oman 2000 p 16 above left
  4. Robert Elgood The Arms and armour of Arabia  page 81 fig 9.26
  5. Jehan S Rajab Silver Jewellery of Oman p 26;45
  6. Richardson & Dorr The craft and Heritage of Oman vol 1 222-23 Vol 2 p 452; J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 2
  7. Catalog of the Oman exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam 2009 page 157 and the front-cover!
  8. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 119, 131
  9. Islamic Art in Oman page 326 and 327
  10. Unsheathing the Omani Khunjar by Robert Richmond in A Tribute to Oman Volume IX 20th National Day page 110-115
  11. British Museum has similar item reg: 2012,6030.135.a-b from the Harold Ingrams collection. Dating 1880-1920.Height: 35 cm. Length: 110 cm. Weight: 983 grammes; Steel dagger (khanjar) with a horn hilt embellished with silver rosettes, filigree work, granulation, wire-work and beaded wire. The dagger-sheath is made of wood, encased in leather and wrapped in silver thread, with plaques of silver wire-work, granulation and beaded wire. The dagger-sheath has four large silver rings attached to it, which are hooked on a silver buckle and woven textile belt. The sheath and belt are lined on the back with a soft black textile
  12. The National Museum of Oman Highlights published by Scala Arts & Heritage publishers in  2016 page 8