Global Art & Artifacts

Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.


Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against mounted and dismounted opponents.  It was used to rip the opponent off his horse or – when the opponent is on the ground – to reach around a warrior’s shield.  A brutal weapon in combat situations.


Shotels are carried in a close fitting leather scabbard.


This sword came from a Florida collector’s 1950s collection


This shotel is from the late 1800s or early 1900s and is in good condition considering its age and use.  A belt is attached.


I am including a simple single-tiered sword display stand with this stunning sword.


For the Serious Collector.


This item has been sold.  Thank you R.B. !


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