An unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period sword kaskara.
An unusual 19th Century Sudanese Mahdist period sword kaskara. The broad single edged blade of European origin, probably late 18th Century and showing its original etched decoration of stars, man-in-the-moon and sun-in-splendour. The blade has been subsequently decorated in the Mahdist period with extensive etched inscriptions in Arabic on both sides and full length and incorporating the magic square "Bedouh". The large silver crosspiece has swollen quillon terminals and langets and retains traces of original gilding. The wooden grip retains traces of its original leather binding. Good age patina.
Blade length 35¼" (89.9cms) Overall length 40¼" (102cms)