Antique Moroccan Islamic Dagger Jambiya in Silver 19th century
Antique, silver-mounted 19th-century Moroccan Islamic dagger, Jambiya -Koummaya. The hilt of characteristic form, with a pommel and a ferrule in the shape of a peacock's tail, is covered with a silver sheet on the outside, elaborately chiseled with a scrolling foliate design highlighted by niello and colorful enamel.
Scabbards' exterior is also clad in silver sheet, elaborately chased with a scrolling foliate design highlighted by niello. The brass back of the hilt and the scabbard are decorated with elaborate designs.
It has a good quality hand-forged, curved, tapered, double-edged steel blade with a complex bevel.
Because the dagger is of much better quality than the average Koummaya and is covered with silver and adorned with niello and enamel, it was most likely made for someone of wealth and status, perhaps an official or tribal chief.
A similar Moroccan Jambiya from the collection of the Musée de l'Armée in Paris is published in the following book
1. "Islam. Les armes blanches de l'Atlantique à l'Indus" by Alain Jacob Page: 10. (Please see the last picture in the listing).
2. "Les armes blanches du monde islamique: Les armes de poing" by Alain Jacob. Page 55.
The buyer will be provided with a copy of the pages from the mentioned references, together with a certificate of authenticity.
To view the related Moroccan daggers sold by Christie's, please see the link below.
CONDITION: In excellent condition considering its age.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length in the scabbard: 39.5 cm (15.55 inches).
Since the market is flooded by reproductions of the Moroccan daggers, which look the same as the authentic objects for inexperienced collectors, we would like to inform our clients that this is a 100% authentic antique Koummaya and a Certificate of Authenticity accompanies it.