Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Greenville, NC
Here is another group of daggers similar to Iain's. I have been collecting these since 1999. I think they are stunningly artful, elegant, and exotic, and ....yet, that said, they remain quite a bit of a mystery. As Iain has noted they are attributed to the Sahel/Maghreb and Senegal, but I have never been able to actually pinpoint their origin or, for that matter, even a correct ethnographic name for them. Perhaps some of the other collectors of African ethnographic arms are more can help us here.
With little collector interest in them and the relative rarity with which they show up, they have just not garnered much attention.
The two examples to the left are more recent, probably 1950 or later. The others are older, likely early 20th century.