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Khyber Knife

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Native NameSalawar Yataghan
Object Number:42-30-279A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Afghan (uncertain)
Indian (uncertain)
Provenience: Northwest India
Date Made: 15th Century - 1928
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1928
Materials:Horn (animal part)
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:177 - Other Number


Knife. Single-edged steel blade bevelled on both sides of sharp cutting edge which tapers to point. Wide slightly offset back. Wide thick tang between two piece horn grip. Wooden sheath covered with leather. Very long brass tip and band at top, both with relief floral decoration. Upper part wrapped with blue and white cloth. Leather carrying straps. "The Salawar Yataghan or Khyber knife which is the national weaponof the Afgans and the powerful arm used by the neighboring peoples of northwest Indian frontier."

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