Shotel Sword from Ethiopia - 6201

The Shotel is the traditional sword of the Abyssinian (Ethiopia). It looks like a huge sickle, with a long blade deeply curved almost to half circle. The purpose of this very awkward blade is to strike over or around the shield of an opponent. This one has a blade of 24 Inches long, (point to point) with a central ridge on the entire length of the blade. The hilt is wood with a small brass disk at the pommel. The scabbard is leather. Total length 29 inches. Lt is probably dated to the late 19th C. Very good condition. This is a completely original and authentic piece. No repaired, replaced or restored parts.