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Saidi Khanjar dagger

Overall length
33,5 cm

Blade length
19 cm

silver, steel, wood, horn, fabric


late 19 to early 20th century

888 grams

A superb and rare Omani 'Saidi' Sa'idiyyah or 'Royal' style Khanjar.

Named after one of the Persian rulers of Oman; Sayyid Said bin Sultan (1806 -1856) whose wife, according to myth, fashioned him a new design because she was bored with the traditional dagger shape. Our example has a 19 cm curved and dual edge blade with a central rib. The scabbard is made of wood encased in leather and wrapped in silver thread, with plaques of silver wire-work. The scabbard has seven rings; four large silver rings and three linked small ones. The hilt is rhino horn set with the classical Saidi silver filigree work, beaded wire and silver rosettes. Total length is 33,5 cm. Condition is excellent. Some minimal wear to the fabric.

Comparable examples:

  • British museum Ingrams collection.

  • MAS, Museum by the Stream, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Royal Ontario Museum, 'Djanbiyya' accession number (948.1.429.A-B)


  • Ernst Hieke, 'zur Geschichte des Deutschen handels mit Ostafrika' Teil 1 Wm Oswald & Co" page abb 40 1939. Earliest picture of Sultan Madjid with a Saidi khanjar.

  • A. Duchesne, 'Van wapen tot praalstuk', published by Signal, Brussels 1968, p. 8-9, fig 2. 'Poignard du sultan Bwana M'Sée'.

  • Stuhlmann, 'Handwerk und Industrie in Ostafrika' Friederichsen & Co Hamburg 1910, page 127, fig. 69.

  • Stephen Gracie, 'Jamiya, daggers from the ancient souqs of Yemen', published 2010, p. 166-167

  • Jehan S. Rajab, 'Silver Jewellery of Oman' Fig 51 p. 45

  • Ruth Hawley, 'Silver the traditional art of Oman' 2000, p. 16 above left

  • Robert Elgood, The Arms and armour of Arabia, page 81 fig 9.26

  • Islamic Art in Oman, p. 326 and 32

  • Unsheathing the Omani Khanjar by Robert Richmond in A Tribute to Oman Volume IX 20th National Day page 110-115

  • British Museum, 2012,6030.135.a-b from the Harold Ingrams collection. Dating 1880-1920.

  • The National Museum of Oman Highlights published by Scala Arts Heritage publishers 2016, page 8.


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