Kubachi Kindjal from Dagestan

A silver inlayed Kindjal dagger, Kubachi, Dagestan. Ca.1900

Details of this item

Price

 3.800

Status

Available

Region

Central Asia (Caucasus, Persia, Afghanistan), Islamic
(Kubachi, Dagestan)

Period

19th/20th century

Materials

Steel, Silver, Iron.

Price

 3.800

Status

Available

Region

Central Asia (Caucasus, Persia, Afghanistan), Islamic

(Kubachi, Dagestan)

Period

19th/20th century

Materials

Steel, Silver, Iron.

Description

The ‘Kindjal’ or ‘Khandjali’ is a type of dubbel edged dagger which is mainly found in the Caucasus regions and Central Asia. The ‘Kindjal’ is, depending on origin, often decorated with precious metals such as ivory, silver or gold. The blades are usually made of high quality steel with a variety of fullers, of whom some are made of a twist core steel pattern. While most blade are plain and polished, we also encounter examples with chiseled fortes.

This example: Originating from Dagestan, currently classified as autonomic region within Russia. Dagestan is a mountainious region situated next to Georgia and the Kaspian Sea. During the period this dagger was made, the late 19th century, Dagestan. was in Russian control after decades of Persian, Mongol influence. The dagger shows craftsmanship we generally determine as Kubachi region. The Kubachi region is a rather small area where the craftsmanship of silverware was highly prized due to the silver mines in this regions who were mined for centuries.

The hilt:
In typical form, slim and with an elegant mid section. The hilt is decorated with very fine silver inlay/overlay decoration of arabesque foliage patterns in thick silver inlay. The front shows two bolsters which are similar decorated. The back of the hilt shows two Persian influenced Azhi-dragons in silver, crawling.

The blade:
Double edged with a medial ridge running down the entire blade and ends up in a slightly fluted tip. Finished in a high polish.

The scabbard:
The metal scabbard is decorated with a fine arabesque pattern in inlayed silver with on the back, five emerging Ahi-dragons. The front shows a cartouche with an ornamental cross figure.

Kubachi Kindjal from Dagestan

Condition

Excellent condition, minor ware on the silver.

Dimensions

Hilt length: 8.9cm

Blade length: 24.7cm

Blade spine thickness: 3.9mm

Scabbard: 27cm

Total length: 36cm

Weight

299g.

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Literature

-Robert Hales, Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion.