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late 19 to early 20th century
The flyssa is the sword of the Kabyle people from North Algeria. Our item is of typical form but with its 108 cm larger than average examples. The decorated spine is 11 mm thick at the ricasso. The blade is bilaterally decorated with brass inlay geometric patterns. The animal-head shaped hilt is largely made of wood plated with brass decorated panels. The scabbard is composed of two large wooden panels held together by three brass loops. The outer panel features carved motifs and two suspension holes. Many flyssa swords and daggers on the market are in average or bad condition. This example is in very good condition. The scabbard has some damage to the chape.
(picture with the small knife is for size comparison)
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