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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi Ian, Yeah it's all a bit murky. Kachins, to...

Hi Ian,

Yeah it's all a bit murky. Kachins, to begin with, was of course a term only applied to the various people of Kachin state, by the Burmans. Nobody in Kachin considered themselves to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2020, 09:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi, It doesn't appear to be "some...

Hi,



It doesn't appear to be "some Burman", Burman swords are heavier by default and in that sense seem to be closer to the typical Indian talwar or Chinese dao or Japanese katana in weight, and in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi, Hmmm... in my observations, itís the...

Hi,

Hmmm... in my observations, itís the Shan dha thatís typically the light one, it even appears as ďa light form of dhaĒ in some of the earliest Burmese-English dictionaries and this is in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
I would beg to differ in terms of usability. ...

I would beg to differ in terms of usability.

These well-decorated dha come in several different classes and by the late period, a thinner, not so good blade is very often seen. We're talking about...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,806
Posted By Peter Dekker
I agree with my countryman here. Most stand out...

I agree with my countryman here.

Most stand out like a sore thumb by being completely off stylistically, but there is also a group of much better fakes. Of those, it is very hard to see, especially...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
Forgot to add the dha pic! Here goes.

Forgot to add the dha pic!
Here goes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 978
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi! Quality indeed varies from author to...

Hi!



Quality indeed varies from author to author, and you're right that it's often hard to grasp which minority is meant. This is probably for a large part due to the tension between different...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th September 2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
I agree, those I've seen with dates on them all...

I agree, those I've seen with dates on them all seem to be made circa 1880-1930. I've only had one such dha of which everything seemed to indicate it was a quite a bit older than the rest. Bicolor...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
Thanks for sharing, Ian! I recall these from the...

Thanks for sharing, Ian! I recall these from the catalog of that exhibit.

Over the years I also own and have owned some of these finer silver overlaid dha and my research has lead me to the village...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 978
Posted By Peter Dekker
Kachin dha revisited

The recent days I was researching a "Kachin dha" I had. I always found it curious how some people call it "Naga dha" instead. A glance through old colonial writing reveals that these were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
Posted By Peter Dekker
I agree that it is probably reshaped. The...

I agree that it is probably reshaped.

The Chinese Shan/Dai minority also made them with this profile from the get-go, but the rest of the dha is not typical Chinese Shan/Dai work. Such swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,769
Posted By Peter Dekker
Some notes on China: Officially, "cultural...

Some notes on China:

Officially, "cultural heritage" cannot be exported outside of China. But, as is the case in more national and international regulations regarding antiques, it is not very clear...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,624
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi, Interesting set indeed. There are many sets...

Hi,

Interesting set indeed. There are many sets of eight precious symbols in use, they seem to have standardized more towards the end of the Qing. The "Eight Buddhist Treasures" at least in Chinese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,624
Posted By Peter Dekker
Ha, wonderful! I had seen the motif before but...

Ha, wonderful! I had seen the motif before but had not been able to find its meaning. Do you have a good reference on Vietnamese symbology?

Nice piece that ceremonial pole arm. The jian is purely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,624
Posted By Peter Dekker
Agreed, a north Vietnamese trường...

Agreed, a north Vietnamese trường đao (長刀).

Typical Vietnamese features are the very dramatic widening in width combined with the concave clipped tip. Also the small...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,855
Posted By Peter Dekker
More photos

Or, one could see a collection of pictures of the piece plus detailed measurements here:

https://www.mandarinmansion.com/item/finely-forged-kora
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th September 2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,512
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi guys, The piece seems to be from Sumbawa,...

Hi guys,

The piece seems to be from Sumbawa, east of Lombok. Indonesian collectors call them Pedang Sumbawa.

The area was outside of colonial control until the 20th century and was home to many...
Forum: Swap Forum 20th September 2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,103
Posted By Peter Dekker
Mandarin Mansion at Olympia, London

I don't do many shows but I am proud to announce I will*host a table at*the Fifth Antique*Arms Fair at Pillar Hall, Olympia London.

Come and see me on Saturday, September 21 at the victorian venue...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd August 2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,648
Posted By Peter Dekker
You may well be right in its symbolic...

You may well be right in its symbolic meaning.

For some reason, the various people of Sumatran came up with a number of weapons -including actual user grade types- that do not seem to be very...
Forum: European Armoury 21st August 2019, 04:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,648
Posted By Peter Dekker
Sumatran

Hi guys,

I'm a bit late to the party, but the sword is probably from Sumatra. They had a tradition of these lion-headed European style hilts with stirrup type guard. Many VOC blades ended up there...
Forum: Swap Forum 4th July 2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,189
Posted By Peter Dekker
New arms and armor website

Dear members,

Two years in the making from the first sketches to the actual result, but we finally finished the first version of the new:

http://www.mandarinmansion.com

The idea behind the site...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,351
Posted By Peter Dekker
I second that. It looks to me like a piece of...

I second that. It looks to me like a piece of higher carbon edge steel with a subtle straight grain inserted in a body of more burl patterned mild carbon steel, the whole then heat treated.

If the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,983
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi guys, Nice piece! Yours is a standard pattern...

Hi guys,

Nice piece! Yours is a standard pattern Qing military officer's saber of the mid 19th century, probably of northern origin, possibly Beijing. The greenish grip wrap was once a deep indigo...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd January 2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,396
Posted By Peter Dekker
Thanks for the warming words! For years I put my...

Thanks for the warming words! For years I put my heart and soul into that website.

I've been too busy to continue the work since I'm now trading antique arms full time, but there are many more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st January 2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,396
Posted By Peter Dekker
Hi guys! Thanks for the endorsements. This is a...

Hi guys! Thanks for the endorsements.

This is a very interesting quiver. It is of a type worn primarily in the capital for court assemblies. Imperial guards had several sets, with a different color...
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