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A gold-mounted ivory sword (nimcha), East Africa, Sultanate of Oman, 18th/19th century
the single-edged curved blade with a carved ivory hilt set with gold repoussé plaques and a silver cross-guard
95.5cm.
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Produced in East Africa by Omani craftsmen, these swords were diffused in the Zanzibar province of the Sultanate of Oman in the early nineteenth century, as visible in a photograph of Souali Mohamed, the Vizir of the Comoros Islands (published in Hales 2013, p.237), in which similar swords are worn by the guards accompanying the Vizir.

This type of sword, of which only a few examples of great quality survive, was a prestige item produced for a high-ranking Muslim man, probably to mark his coming of age or the occasion of his marriage. A similar piece was sold in these rooms, 5 April 2006, lot 158.

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