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SENEGALESE MANDING SWORD
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AFRICAN WEST COAST SENEGALESE MANDING SWORD #9499

A Mandingo, a sword from the Manding tribe of Senegal, 20 inch single edged slightly curved hollow ground hand forged blade, in the original coloured leather and decorated scabbard. Overall 27 inches. #9498lo

This type of sword remains one of the most prestigious weapons among the Manding people, being owned by men of high social status. It has a curved single-edged blade set in a hilt without a handguard. These blades are often of French manufacture, originally designed as cavalry sabres and then further worked by the tribes people. They are further enhanced by the highly decorated scabbard, often embellished with tassels and large, round buttons of leather. This tradition of finely tooled leatherwork is common to the western savannah, Mauritania and Morocco.

This weapon is one of three distinctive types of long-bladed sword broadly characteristic of the Islamicized people of the western , central and eastern savannah regions of Africa. The other two are thetakouba of the central savannah and the kaskaraof the eastern savannah.

£130.00

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