Bani Hamida Dagger
Silver overlay dagger featuring a horse head design hollow handle with deliciously scented red wool encased in both the hollow handle and the scabbard. Beautiful and intricate scrolling floral, leaf, and geometric designs totally adorn both the sheath, handle and blade. The highly detailed design on the blade also bears what appears to be a coat of arms symbol with two letters; an M and what appears to be a C, G or E on one side. Made by the Bani Hamida peoples, a semi-nomadic Bedouin clan that once controlled the land East of the Dead Sea before the establishment of the emirate of Transjordan. The Bani Hamida had a great reputation for breeding "the best horses in the Moab", in carpet making and weaponry such as swords and daggers.
This dagger was purchased in Wadi Musa ("the valley of Moses"), Petra, on my recent exploration of Jordan last May 2016. It measures 15 inches long. A vintage piece of unkown age.