The Khanjar

Since its inception Bait Al Zubair Museum has been committed to collecting valuable handcrafted khanjar (Omani dagger), which have been an essential part of male dress in the Sultanate for hundreds of years. It has amassed khanjar and small knives that date from the 18th/19th centuries to the 20th century.

The khanjar is worn on a belt around the waist and reflects manhood, social standing and an engaging cultural heritage. In the past it was worn on a daily basis for protection, while today it is a national symbol, worn only at times of celebration or formality, or as protocol demands.

Each khanjar is individual, fashioned by the hands of master craftsmen whose skills are traditionally passed down from father to son. The khanjar has a curved forged steel blade, a horn or resin hilt and a scabbard that is fashioned from wood and leather and predominantly decorated with silver, though often adorned with gold, leather and yarn.

The Bait Al Zubair collection houses a variety of khanjar styles from various regions and highlights the most prestigious and intricate of them, the Al Sayyidi khanjar (Royal Omani dagger). A selection from this collection can be viewed in the Khanjar and Male Attire Gallery in Bait Al Bagh, the main museum building.