Antique Omani Al Saidi Khanjar

Antique Omani silver khanjar
  • Description

Rare complete antique Omani Sa'idiyyah Khanjar / Royal khanjar with seven silver rings, extensive filigree work. Rhino and silver hilt. Woven antique belt of cotton with decorations.

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 khanjar

Antique Omani khanjar

 Antique Omani silver khanjar

Back view of the khanjar

Antique omani silver khanjar

Arab name: Saidi Khanjar; Omani Khanjar

Period: 1850-1920

Origin:Oman Zanzibar

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 abbildung 69
  3. J.L. Carter Tribes in Oman Peninsular publishing 1982 page 23
  4. Silver jewellery of Oman by Jehan S Rajab 1997 p 25
  5. Traditional silver jewelry and handicrafts from Oman 2009 by Jean Greffioz p 119, 131
  6. Islamic Art in OmaUnsheating the Omani Khunjar by Robert Richmond in A Tribute to Oman Volume IX 20th National Day page 110-115
  7. British Museum on-line Ingram collection Khanjar 2012,6030.135.a-b. 1880-1920. Steel dagger (khanjar) with a horn hilt embellished with silver rosettes, filigree work, granulation, wirework and beaded wire. The dagger-sheath is made of wood, encased in leather and wrapped in silver thread, with plaques of silver wirework, 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