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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,492
Posted By motan
Jerusalem, Israel

First time I see this thread. Nice.
I am an atheist from the holy city of Jerusalem (or Al Quds, if you prefer).
My family came from Hungary and I am married to a Dutch woman. I lived in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 680
Posted By motan
Hi, I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip...

Hi,
I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip from Syria. Also the use of thin, decorated brass sheet over wooden core in the scabbard and the pattern of decoration could be Syrian. The lobed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 730
Posted By motan
Hi, I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this...

Hi,
I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this may be a bit off, but has anyone considered it might be a Mauritanian dagger?
Both Brazilian and Mauritanian daggers have a heavy Spanish-Moorish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,146
Posted By motan
Hi, I missed this one and arrived when the...

Hi,
I missed this one and arrived when the verdict is already out.
Just a small detail to add. Notice that the shafra in Egerton's illustration has a very different decoration - more like those of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,191
Posted By motan
Hello Mahratt, While I may be suffering from...

Hello Mahratt,
While I may be suffering from post-modernism (I guess that is what you mean), others here suffer from dogmatism and rigidity of thought. I really don't know much about Kaffirs and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,191
Posted By motan
My 2 cents: - The knife itself looks true to...

My 2 cents:
- The knife itself looks true to type and old, although sophisticated forgery of the whole knife, as well as later "decoration" can not be totally rejected. We will probably never know....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,163
Posted By motan
Hi, I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian...

Hi,
I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian weapons, but this looks like a Persian Khanjar from late Qajar period (around 1900). Typical all-steel construction with a hollow hilt. Very similar items...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,020
Posted By motan
Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent....

Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent. Handles of shibriyas are cow, goat or sheep horn, often completely covered with metal sheet.
In some shibriyas, and especially Palestinian ones,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 634
Posted By motan
Hi Stefan, I have seen both of your daggers...

Hi Stefan,
I have seen both of your daggers before and commented on them. They are both good and older than most.
The first one is a classical type - one of the two main types produced in the village...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,128
Posted By motan
Hi all, Thanks for participating in this thread....

Hi all,
Thanks for participating in this thread. Don't get me wrong, I still think that Southern Iraq or North Eastern Arabia are the most probable origin of my dagger. The reasoning is simple - 1....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,128
Posted By motan
Smile Hi Stu, Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever...

Hi Stu,
Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know.
But what you say makes sense. It could be that an Iraqi or Syrian dagger was later dressed with silver in Arabia. The blade is, I think,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,128
Posted By motan
Hi Stu, Thanks for your response and please have...

Hi Stu,
Thanks for your response and please have a look in your books when you can. Literature that covers Iraqi daggers is very rare as far as I know. I don't know what you mean by "put together"....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,128
Posted By motan
Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your...

Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your reactions.
Kronckew, the question of what is Shibriya and what is not is quite complex and there are examples of daggers called Shibriya that have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,128
Posted By motan
Mystery dagger

Some of you may have seen it because I have asked around privately.
This is a small dagger, 25cm I bought as "Iraqi Shibriya, Late 19th century".
Unfortunately no scabbard. What puzzles me is that I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 881
Posted By motan
Wootz?

In the first picture, there appear to be a pattern on the blade. Could that be wootz? Maybe just rough cleaning or optical artifact. Am I the only one to see it?
Rockelk, in the Paint accessory of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By motan
Thanks again Alex, I am now convinced. This...

Thanks again Alex,
I am now convinced. This example is remarkably similar to mine. Just to show you what has mislead me, I attached an example of an Ottoman hammam bowl, or at least it was presented...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st July 2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By motan
Hi Battara, I think you are right. Even when...

Hi Battara,
I think you are right. Even when polished, the silver is too dark to be high grade. However, I could not care less because I bought it for the its aesthetic appeal and for next to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st July 2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By motan
Hi Alex, Thank you very much for the information....

Hi Alex,
Thank you very much for the information. I am a little surprised, but that is because I don't know anything about South and East Asia, so it didn't occur to me..
Do you have a picture of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 20th July 2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 804
Posted By motan
Ottoman?

Hi,
I have had this bowl for several years now, but I was not aware of the existence of this forum. I bought it with little information from the seller, but I did some research. I think that it is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,330
Posted By motan
Bichaq

Hi,
I don't know anything about Indian swords, but your bichaq looks like second half 19th c to me, and Greek, because this type decorative engravings on the blade is a Greek thing (also on Cretan...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 770
Posted By motan
Hi Stefan, Looks like a decent one. The blade...

Hi Stefan,
Looks like a decent one. The blade looks heavy and well-forged. There are so many types of this dagger and many possible origins too. This one looks Iraqi to me and not very old, based on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By motan
Hello, I saw this dagger that was auctioned...

Hello,
I saw this dagger that was auctioned yesterday, but I didn't buy it. I am adding it to the thread because this is clearly a Flyssa/Bichak (not Yatagan) hybrid.
My best guess is that it was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, Yes, I can agree with that....

Hi Kubur,
Yes, I can agree with that. West-Ottoman, Balkan (Northern Greece is Balkan) may be more precise. Those deep engravings of plant motifs in silver can be either, as well as the small,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,306
Posted By motan
Hi, I want to offer a different interpretation...

Hi,
I want to offer a different interpretation for the Napoli dagger, though I admit it is both a long shot and disappointing.
To me, this looks like a fantasy piece because it is supposedly made in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,121
Posted By motan
Hi A.alnakkas, Glad you joined in. I know that...

Hi A.alnakkas,
Glad you joined in. I know that Damascus has armed the Bedouin all the way to Palestine and Jordan. Of the many types of swords carried by those Bedouin in the late 19th-early 20th c,...
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