A very fine old and rare African Seme, Maasai tribes.
this example measures 93cms long in the sheath.
Out of the sheath it is 91cms long with a blade length of 75cms.
The Seme handle is dark leather over timber with red pigment highlights.
The blade tapers from a flat hexagonal forte 2cms wide through to the spatula tip that is 4cms wide.
A pronounced medial ridge runs the entire length of the blade and is seen on both sides. The edges are sharpened only on the end 35cms where the blade starts to widen.
The scabbard is also the same darkened and pigmented leather over a timber core. It is stitched to one side and shows decorative rope work beneath the leather.
Approx one third from the top of the scabbard is attached a thick tooled/scalloped leather belt. The belt is attached through the front of the scabbard through a raised section of the scabbard. It is further supported by leather straps tied off with spiraling wire.
A very fine and rare example of great proportions.