Tribal Weapons

Sudan, Mahdist period, knife, 19th C.

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Sudan, Mahdist period, knife, 19th C.

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Sudan, Mahdist period (1885-1899) replica throwing knife, 45 cm (17,7 in.) Cut out of sheet metal and covered with "thuluth" acid-etched Arabic script. This kind of knifes were given as status symbols to leaders of the Mahdist armies.

For closely related knifes see Sothebys lot 79, 11 may 2012, New York, African, Oceanic & Precolumbian Art, two i the Manchester Museum and one in the Musée Barbier Mueller.

 

 

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