Mahdist Period C.1885. Carved wood hilt with expanded medial and crested pommel. 26" curved d.e. jambiya form blade decorated with a large panel of thuluth script at the forte each side. Blade shows mottled glossy gray patina. Hilt excellent with surface encrustation. An example of the fanaticism of the Whirling Dervish who surrounded the Mahti.