Huge Dagger of the Beja Tribes, Africa - 8647


As big as it can get, we offer for sale this unusually big dagger used by the Beja people residing along the Western shores of the Red Sea in Egypt, Sudan and Eritrea. The Beja people are believed to be the true descendants of the ancient Egyptian which were expelled from Egypt by the invading Nubian in the 8th Century B.C. and converted to Islam in the 10th Century. The major tribes of the Beja are Hadendoa and Beni Amer and these type of daggers are sometime called after these tribes, or X daggers after the peculiar wood handle. The blade is hooked (rarest version) 9 inches long. The big size and beautiful X shaped handle is 6 inches tall and 7 inches wide, much bigger than what we have seen before. It is made of black wood. Total length 15 very good condition, no scabbard. It is shown below next to a more common handle of regular size.

 
 
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