Mahdist War period. 10 ½” village forged d.e. blade, tool finished and decorated with geometry and figures at the forte. Grip wrapped in woven leather strips emulating crocodile hide, and mounted with cowries which we imported and highly valued. Tooled leather scabbard with crocodile shin throat and tip mounts. Sound and uniformly well-worn throughout. Exceptionally large example embodying the spirit of the Mahdist movement and military fervor.