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210260 - Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Afar sword with leather case Ethiopia

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Ethiopia: Tribal used Old African Ethiopian Afar sword with leather case.

Ethiopian sword which measures approximately 60 cm cm long (measurements taken when knife is enclosed in case).

This is a genuine Afar Gile or Jile (pronounced gilley) knife or sword from area of the Danikil Depression of the Afar Triangle of Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.  It is totally handmade - the 54 cm blade, the handle, the hide scabbard, the belt, the belt buckle, the decorations, everything.  

The men of the Afar tribe of the Horn of Africa all carry a Gile, a large knife or sword in a hide scabbard which they sharpen and decorate themselves after buying it from the knifemaker.  

 

Afar Region Afar: Qafar; Amharic: ዓፋር ክልል), is a regional state in Northeastern Ethiopia and the homeland of the Afar people. Its capital is the planned city of Semera, which lies on the paved Awash–Assab highway.

 

Awash River near Asaita

The Afar Triangle, the northern part of which is the Danakil Depression, is part of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and is located in the north of the region. It has the lowest point in Ethiopia and one of the lowest in Africa. The southern part of the region consists of the valley of the Awash River, which empties into a string of lakes along the Ethiopian-Djibouti border. Other notable landmarks include the Awash and Yangudi Rassa National Parks.

Based on the 2017 projections by the Central Statistical Agency of Ethiopia (CSA), the Afar Regional State has a population of 1,812,002, consisting of 991,000 men and 821,002 women; urban inhabitants number 346,000 of the population, a further 1,466,000 were pastoralists.