Gold Gilt Kindjal Dagger
- Dated: 20th century
- Culture: Russian
- Place of Origin: Europe
This rare Russian Kindjal dagger is covered in gold gilt with silver niello inlay on the reverse. These traditional weapons of the Cossack served as both an essential side arm and a fashion accessory. In the last volatile decades of Russian Imperial rule, the Kindjal became even more important than ever for personal protection. Due to its double-edged, broad blade design, the Kindjal was well-suited as a close combat weapon.
Such artistically executed Kindjals were an integral part of traditional Russian dress that originated with the Eastern Slavic Cossack peoples, a segment of the Caucasus, who were known for their impeccable military skills. The Cossack migrated from areas of Georgia and southern Russia to escape religious and political persecution, and banded together in small settlements for protection.
Under the Tsars, the Cossack were allowed great autonomy in exchange for military service and protection of the Russian frontier regions. Many of their customs, including their dress and weaponry, including the Kindjal, were accepted by mainstream culture. Even the Tsars were known to wear the traditional black long robe with the Kindjal worn on the side, an ensemble which is still worn by Cossacks today.
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