~ A 19th Century Moroccan Islamic Jambiya Koummya Dagger ~
This is a mid 19th Century Islamic dagger made in Morocco, which was quite a piece in its day.
The koummya is the characteristic traditional dagger of the Berber and Arabic peoples of Morocco.
These pieces like ours area a localized variant of the Arabic jambiya, and the contoured handles, curved double-edged blades and exaggeratedly upturned scabbard tips are all features consistent with such an interpretation.
In the context of the traditional regional manner of dress, the koummya is worn visibly at the left side, generally about at the level of the waist and is suspended vertically, with the scabbard tip forward, by a long woollen baldric, attached at either end to one of the two scabbard rings, and worn crossing in front and back of the torso and over the right shoulder.
Our example is marked on the blade with what it seems to be the manufacturers mark.
The grip is made of varnished wood with brass decorations.
The scabbard is made of decorated brass.
~ Condition ~
The piece is in relic condition, due to its age.
The grip has suffered some repairs over the time and the brass has some dents here and there.
The wooden lining inside the scabbard is half loose.
The blade has developed some surface rust.
RMBEXCCX...Read full description