Category: beja

Kaskara, 19th Century

Straight double edge blade, iron cross piece, grip partly covered with embossed sheet silver, leather pommel. Blade 35.5”.

Viking vs Dervish: Similarities of Weapons

Separated by 1000 years and thousands of miles, at first sight there isn’t much to compare between the Beja warriors of the Sudan and the warriors of early-medieval Scandinavia known as vikings. But there are some similarities in the weapons they used. 

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Kaskara, 19th Century

Sudanese kaskara, 19th century, straight 33 inch double edged and fullered blade, incised with extensive inscriptions; heavy guard of diamond section; twine-wrapped grip and leather wheel pommel with blackened finish.

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Weapons and Armour from Sudan, 19th Century 

Kaskara (swords), arm daggers, maille shirt 

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Kaskara and Rhinoceros Hide Shield

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Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century

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Antique Sudanese Kaskara

Beja warrior, Southern Sudan

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Sudanese Kaskara, 19th Century 

Straight, double-edged blade of almost flat section, three central fullers and two crescents marked on both facets. Gray, non-ferrous metal, cross-shaped quillon, quillons ribbed and slightly enlarged toward the ends. Bone, cylindrical grip (veining) engraved with concentric circles. Wooden and metal, disk-pommel.

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Beja Warrior Holding a Kaskara