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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:22 PM
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Posted By ariel
Mercenary, West and East did not differ that...

Mercenary,

West and East did not differ that much in olden times. Only in the middle ages and later teriomachia in Europe became a spectator sport, like corridas in Spain and rodeos in Texas.


Of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th February 2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By ariel
Jim, Elephants went berserk not only because of...

Jim,
Elephants went berserk not only because of high testosterone.
There are multiple evidential descriptions of them being frightened of cannons, wounds, running pigs whose skin was oiled and set...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th February 2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 342
Posted By ariel
Perhaps the general forms may be somewhat...

Perhaps the general forms may be somewhat similar, suggesting common geographic origin ( see Ian’s post), but the size, the sturdiness, the decoration and the complexity of forging of the Charles’ ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 342
Posted By ariel
Fabulous! The engineering is impeccable and very...

Fabulous!
The engineering is impeccable and very complex. My guess it was a differential hardening because I can seem to see traces of lamination even there. Would be interesting to polish and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 248
Posted By ariel
Anatomically this is entirely possible and I...

Anatomically this is entirely possible and I remember reading about such function by mahouts.
They were sitting on the “neck” of the elephant. Just like in humans the connection between the spine...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th February 2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By ariel
Jens, Thanks for the compliments, but this time...

Jens,
Thanks for the compliments, but this time around mine were just dumb or dumbfounded questions.

BTW, the Rivkin/Isaak book on Eastern Sword advances an interesting hypothesis re. the origin ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
Posted By ariel
Kidnapping whom or what?Can you clarify? And...

Kidnapping whom or what?Can you clarify?


And did I understand you correctly that you know 10 genuine swords of Assadulla? Can you be more specific?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,630
Posted By ariel
“However, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of...

“However, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence”

Marius,
You are absolutely correct: this was a typing error and I am guilty for not noticing it:-((((((

And I agree with your argument:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,630
Posted By ariel
And yet another resurrection of the topic! I...

And yet another resurrection of the topic!
I love it.


AFAIK, no new evidence for or against physical existence of an Abbas-era swordmaker named Assadulla had surfaced in the interim. We are back...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By ariel
As to the re-profiling European blades in Morocco...

As to the re-profiling European blades in Morocco since 1920:
Years ago I visited Versailles, and saw a big oil picture of a battle between the French and the Berbers. One Berber warrior ( AFAIR,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 518
Posted By ariel
I think you might be correct: looks like one of...

I think you might be correct: looks like one of the multitudinous forms of Spanish " colonial" swords. Spanish colonies were spread from Philippines to North Africa to the Americas, each acquiring...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By ariel
This is the Eye of The Goddess: Shakti, the...

This is the Eye of The Goddess: Shakti, the feminine primordial energy.
There are quite a few manifestations of Shakti: Sita, Radhika, Kali, Durga, Lakshmi etc, each with her own but with often...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,627
Posted By ariel
Elgood dedicated quite a lot of space to the...

Elgood dedicated quite a lot of space to the ch’hatris in his Jodhpur book. Interestingly, he describes quite a lot of them as incorrect, implying their spurious nature.

My guess that just as with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By ariel
Agree with both of you: SE Asia, and that was...

Agree with both of you: SE Asia, and that was exactly what I said. So all three of us are on the same page. The “islands” were mentioned simply due to the use of rattan, but obviously they are out...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 649
Posted By ariel
IMHO, this is a typical SE Asian Dha ( OK,...

IMHO, this is a typical SE Asian Dha ( OK, purists: Daab:-)

There are limited data on Korean swords of Joseon dynasty, but certain simple points do apply.
Korean Geom was an awfully spartan and ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By ariel
Here is mine, quite similar.

Here is mine, quite similar.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By ariel
I like Nital, 1-2% No rusty residual.

I like Nital, 1-2%

No rusty residual.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 908
Posted By ariel
Bill, Most good jewelers these days have...

Bill,
Most good jewelers these days have machines allowing to assess the composition of the alloy without any destruction : capacitive decay, X-ray fluorescence etc.
I went several times to our...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 776
Posted By ariel
Siamese twins.

Siamese twins.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2019, 02:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By ariel
Thanks Ian. Now I am content: no yataghans in...

Thanks Ian.
Now I am content: no yataghans in Luzon.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 816
Posted By ariel
Philippine yataghan??

I do not know much about Philippine weapons, but am sure I have never seen anything like that.
Doesn't the blade look yataghan-ish?
Had it not been for the pommel, I would have thought it was a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 794
Posted By ariel
Have no idea. I once posted a ch'hoora with a...

Have no idea. I once posted a ch'hoora with a similar handle, thinking it was a rhino, but was corrected by several people, who told me it was goat horn.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,636
Posted By ariel
.... which is exactly what this discussion was...

.... which is exactly what this discussion was all about.

So, was this "... tale full of sound and fury" worth it?

There are no tigers in Africa, and no shashkas in Central Asia.
End of story.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,636
Posted By ariel
Reference, please.

Reference, please.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,636
Posted By ariel
BTW, Alex, nice finding at a flea market. A...

BTW, Alex, nice finding at a flea market. A complex mix of Bukharan and Afghani features with a hint of a potentially European influence. I would love to put it on my wall.

After a flea bath, of...
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