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  • Place of origin:

    Ethiopia (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

(Shotel) or Abyssinian sabre with a deeply curved blade with a medial ridge and two subsidiary ridges and a plain unguarded wooden hilt with brass pommel.

Place of Origin

Ethiopia (made)


19th century (made)




Length: 63.5 cm Overall, Depth: 19.5 cm Blade curvature

Descriptive line

Abyssinian curved sword (shotel) with a plain unguarded wooden hilt and brass pommel, Ethiopia, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 145, Cat. No. 793-797
Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880

Production Note

Part of a set of Abyssinian material on Loan to the India Museum (East India Company) from the Royal Asiatic Society. Transferred to South Kensington Museum in 1879 and Inventoried in 1880


Black History; Arms & Armour; Africa; India Museum


Metalwork Collection

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