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Mark Bowditch
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posted 11-15-2004 11:29     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark Bowditch   Click Here to Email Mark Bowditch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh, and see the "running tiger" mark on the bottom dha? This could indicate that it is a Yunnan maker's mark, but equally could indicate that it is a trade blade from further south. Never any clear answers.

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wilked
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posted 11-19-2004 07:27     Click Here to See the Profile for wilked   Click Here to Email wilked     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mark, This follows perfectly with what I know of the history of the region. At least one author claims the Tai peoples moved south from Yunnan and then later entered a marraige alliance around 1230 the result of which was the first ruler of the Lanna kingdom centered first around Chiang Saen (current Thai Burma border) additionally these swords we see share distinctive traits with this sword which we know to be from the Lampang area Northern Thainland. If you look the scabbard design follows the same flowing pattern and short of the pommel, handle conctruction is almost the same.

Very few makers used a mark on their blades-another linking factor. This attribution makes complete sense to me and follows the migration of the Tai peoples southward. It also takes nothing away from the independent parallel development in the hard to reach hills and valleys of Northern Thailand.

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Mark Bowditch
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posted 11-19-2004 09:21     Click Here to See the Profile for Mark Bowditch   Click Here to Email Mark Bowditch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wait a second!

That sword is from Lampang? I must have missed a post somewhere. Which features identify Lampang dha? I need a Vulcan mind-meld with your brain ... or at least the dha archive part of it

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