191209 - Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Afar sword with leather case Ethiopia
Ethiopia: Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Afar sword with leather case.
Ethiopian sword which measures approximately 62 cm cm long (measurements taken when knife is enclosed in case).
This beautiful piece of history and overall in the sheath.
The hilt is timber with small losses where the blade joins and some larger ones of varying ages at the pommel end.
The sheath appears hand stretched around the blade and stitched with leather lacing with an extra long tip. The sheath shows wear, see pictures for details. Around the top of the sheath is a decorative patterned band of brass colored metal. The sheath is attached to a leather belt with circular belt buckle all appearing to be original.
This knife called guile in Afar, is both a traditional defense weapon and an ornamental object of the nomadic Afar tribe.