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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Daggers

Janbiya

Description:

This curved dagger is a janbiya of Ottoman or Persian origin. The dagger has an unadorned, balustrade type hilt with short crossguards and a double-edged curved blade with pronounced medial ridge. At its base, the blade has the remants of some gilded foliage decoration.

 

Janbiya is the term used in Arabic for this specific kind of curved blade, deriving from the Arabic root for an item worn on the right side. They are typically recieved by older boys around the age of 14 to mark the transition between childhood and manhood. 

 

Jambiyas hold high symbolic meaning, and it is very rare that they ever come out of their sheath, doing so in only extreme situations.

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000073
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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