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H 297 x W 210 mm

220 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour.

Published Aug 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803270302

Digital: 9781803270319

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Oman; Arabia; Weapons; Swords; Daggers

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Ancient Weapons of Oman. Volume 1: Edged Weapons

By Vincenzo Clarizia

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Omani men carried personal weapons until relatively recently. Swords and daggers were part of daily life attire and are still worn in social events. This book describes all the main types of Omani edged weapons, their origin, structure and accessories, with supporting illustrations and references to examples from museums and private collections.



Introduction ;
1 Oman and the “Steel Road” ;
2 Swords and Sabers ;
3 Omani Swords ;
4 Omani Shields ;
5 Omani Daggers ;
6 Omani Axes ;
7 Omani Spears and Lances ;
Endnotes ;
Bibliography ;
Index ;

Appendix – The Desert Lord of Sinaw and his Iron Weaponry ;
The Funerary Complex ;
The Iron Sword and Daggers

About the Author

Vincenzo Clarizia is a collector of ancient weapons from all over the world. He started being interested in ancient weapons before he was twenty, studying, restoring and collecting edged weapons and firearms from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Since 1996, he approached the study of Japanese swords in both their technical and practical aspects. He is currently practicing Japanese sword martial arts Iaido, Battodo and Katori Shinto Ryu, and he restores and collects Japanese blades and armours. He was also consultant for the National Museum of Oman, for which he assessed, catalogued and described its large collections of edged weapons, firearms and cannons.