Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

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Code:  AC10

This is an antique arm dagger from Chad. Arm daggers are found all over the sub-Saharan region and Nigeria due to trade caravans.  This particular style is unique to the Daza people of the Toubou ethnic group in Chad. The sheath is a combination of leather and snake skin.  It is of a rare form ending in a snake tongue shape.   The pommel is a characteristic “skull crusher” of the Daza people.  The dagger is carried on the upper arm, hidden beneath clothing. Total length is 14 inches.  This style of arm dagger, signified by the snake tongue shape of the sheath, is sometimes called a “Sultan Dagger” and may very well have belonged to a tribal chief. The blade is slightly diamond in cross section, with stamped markings and parallel linear design features along the sides of the blade that appear on both sides.

Many Daza, including women, carry daggers much like this one under the sleeves of their garments -- long wrap-around dresses and head coverings.  Men wear loose-fitting draw-string pants under long sleeve robes, concealing their own daggers.  

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Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Sheath, Snake tongue shape, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Sheath, Snake tongue shape, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Skull-crusher pommel, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Skull-crusher pommel, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Blade detail, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger

Blade detail, Toubou Daza Arm Dagger