Rare,18th-19th century Islamic dagger Bichaq from the famous Central Asian city Bukhara previously in Turkistan and today in Uzbekistan. DETAILS: single-edge blade made of a very fine Damascus steel wootz, horn grip possibly of rhino mounted in nielloed silver and applied with settings of rounded turquoise, in its original wooden scabbard covered with fine leather with silver fittings decorated en suite with niello foliage and scrolls. Bukhara weapons are extremely rare compared to the Turkish, Indian, Persian, or Caucasian, this region was not heavily populated and the warriors aristocracy was a very small percentage of the population. The Bukhara arms are hardly ever seen in museums including museums in Russia.
REFERENCES: a similar dagger is in the famous Henri Moser collection of Islamic arms and armour in Charllotenfels, Switzerland and had been collected during his travel in the 19th century through central Asia, Orientalische Sammlung Henri Moser, Charlottenfels, im Bernischen historischen Museum. ( 2) Islamic Arms and Armour by Torben W.Flindt, edited by Robert ElgooD-Ahapter, chapter Some nineteenth-century arms from Bukhara page 20-29.
MEASUREMENTS: overall length: 34,5cm (13 5/8 in.)