For the elite mounted lancers, the Bagharras, of the Mad Mahdi and believed by the whirling dervishes to possess supernatural powers. See for the Palace Hall. Khartoum with a display of these which fought at the Battle of Khartoum. This example is 88” in length with an especially finely forged head with tapered medial ridge, figured bolster, and conical socket. The haft is encased in hide with two leather rings exactly as found on Sudanese Kaskara (broadswords) pommels. These are unique to this example from the group and probably served to facilitate parrying at close quarters. The butt is shaped for a base shoe, no longer with it but confirming its full original length. From the Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee.
Item ID: A8030

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