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Dagger and Sheath

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1986M112.184
Collection:Applied Art - Costume
Date:1920 c - 1920 c


The Southall Collection is a major collection of Palestinian Dress dating from 1900-1930. It includes garments and accessories worn by nomadic Bedouin people as well as men, women and children living in Ramallah and Bethlehem.

This curved bladed dagger with a shaped handle is known as a shibriyeh. It is decorated with bands of bone, wood and hard resin, and inlaid with metal rings and circles of red and white. The blade is inscribed on both sides with different inscriptions. The sheath is of brass over wood, and on one side a belt hook is attached. Bedouin men occasionally wore the shibriyeh behind a leather belt sherihah or kshat. This belt was used to hold a variety of other equipment, such as a leather bag and tobacco pouch.

Presented as part of the Southall Collection, 1985.

Further Information

Production Period:20th Century
Medium:The dagger is made of metal, bone, wood and a hard resin. The sheath of brass, over wood.
Place of Origin:Palistine


Height:26.5 cm
Width:4.5 cm