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seif (sword) with scabbard
  • Hawazma peoples
  • seif (sword) with scabbard, 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • iron, leather, wood, tin?, cord, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 107.5 x 30 cm
    Object Length/Width: 42 5/16 x 11 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0407.a,b

This sword (2007.0407.a) and scabbard (2007.0407.b) cannot, currently, be separated.

The sword has a cylindrical handle, with a disc-like knob at the end. The handle and knob are wrapped with leather. Dark blue cord is wrapped around the end of the handle and woven into a tassel. The guard consists of an iron bar extending on either side of the handle. The blade appears to be iron. The scabbard is wrapped with medium brown leather. Two expansions in the thickness of the scabbard have rings where a leather strap attaches. One of these expansions has a triangular leather tab with a dark line down the middle. The scabbard is decorated with seven clusters of dark stripes. The scabbard has an undecorated curved expansion near the point, where it has a tip made of tin.

If a man owned a sword like this, it would be a family item and he would generally use it more as an accessory than for protection or as a weapon.