Introduction

Sabiki is the Yemeni term for a large sword-like variety of the jambiya, the Arab dagger. They are also known as Wahhabite jambiya named after the Wahhabi fundamentalists who were known to wear them. The sabiki is mostly associated with the Asir and Jizan region in the southwest of the Arabian peninsula but was in wider circulation.1

 

Hedjaz man with sabiki

People from Hejaz, the "Western Province" of Saudi Arabia.
The man is carrying his large sabiki in front of him.

From: Les costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873
published by the Imperial Ottoman Commission for the
"Exposition Universelle" of Vienna in 1873.
Photo by Pascal Sebah.
 

Notes to introduction
1. Stephen Gracie; Jambiya, daggers from the ancient Souqs of Yemen. Stephen Gracie Pty. Ltd. 2017.

 

Antique examples

Sabiki or Wahhabite jambiya

A typical example. 
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2022.

 

Golden sabiki overall

A very fine Ottoman-made sabiki.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2022.

 

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With a long, sword-like blade characteristic of this type. With original belt.

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The long version of the jambiya, with blackened, gold inlaid blade.

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Made in Hyderabad, India, for the Arab market.

€5300,-

The iron-plated hilt has a helmet-shaped pommel and forward projecting quillons.

€2600,-

The Persian wootz blade with fine, high-contrast pattern.

€6500,-

Finished with mother-of-pearl and dated 1907.

€2400,-