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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 12:10 AM
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Posted By ariel
Hi Shayde, I really like your attempt to...

Hi Shayde,
I really like your attempt to introduce Assamese Dao to the the Kora family.
Never thought about it but now... I agree with you: it looks like (at the very least) a cousin thrice ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 12:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,116
Posted By ariel
Hi Shayde, I really like your attempt to...

Hi Shayde,
I really like your attempt to introduce Assamese Dao onto the the Kora family.
Never thought about it but now... I agree with you: it looks like (at the very least) a cousin thrice ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2018, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, Osobist is correct in general, and...

Regretfully, Osobist is correct in general, and I tried to hint at the same trend: former Soviet republics are chock full of false ďCaucasian ď weapons. After all, what else are they capable of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By ariel
This is a late 19-early 20 century blade. The...

This is a late 19-early 20 century blade. The blade is Daghestani, most likely Amuzgi village. Etched eagle is often accompanied by a stamp of Mudunovís workshop. The handle with false filigree is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2018, 01:10 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Question: Except for a cockamamie painting in...

Question:

Except for a cockamamie painting in post #42 ( the one with half-human monsters) and an even cockamamier tall tale that Afanasij Nikitin planned to tell his Tver neighbors in the middle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
I learned the art of constructing an experiment...

I learned the art of constructing an experiment from my mentor and the stories about Enrico Fermi: make it simple, stupid:-)

During the first test of atomic bomb Fermi stood some kilometers away...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Fernando, My guess is that the chain might have...

Fernando,
My guess is that the chain might have been wrapped around by the handlers, and teaching the creature to hold the free end in its trunk tip might have been relatively easier than...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Re. whipping chains: I decided to conduct an...

Re. whipping chains:

I decided to conduct an experiment: found a thick rope, and held it in my right hand leaving about a foot loose. Then I started swinging my arm, left and right, up and down....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Jens and Fernando, I think we ought to take into...

Jens and Fernando,
I think we ought to take into account that handling of elephants during peace or war must have been different.
For example, post #97 shows animals in holding pens/ stables or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, all the materials discussed here...

Regretfully, all the materials discussed here suggest very strongly that that the miniatures showing fancy trunk swords and kilometers of leg chains are .. ehhh.. how to say it mildly? ..artistic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By ariel
Thatís a cop out:-) I just cannot see any musket...

Thatís a cop out:-) I just cannot see any musket scabbards, and they must be very long and visible.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By ariel
I guess they have enough time to do it. Swords...

I guess they have enough time to do it. Swords are not drawn seconds before the contact with the opponent.
But... they hold their muskets in the right hand. Presumably, they discharge them before...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th December 2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Perhaps. No doubt elephants were used as war...

Perhaps. No doubt elephants were used as war machines and the means to control then were necessary and thus reasonably well developed. However, we are talking about the veracity of the descriptions...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
To understand it, we need to pay attention to the...

To understand it, we need to pay attention to the circumstances of Moserís acquisition of items.

In Central Asia he was accompanied by Russian troops, the real rulers of the defeated Khanates. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
The minute any object is given to the museum...

The minute any object is given to the museum every wish of the donor goes out of the window. Putting objects in storage is the least of the unpleasantries: we see all the time "decommissioned" items...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
I'd like to see people nailing chains with some...

I'd like to see people nailing chains with some kind of stakes to the ground while dealing with panicky animal running in each and every direction at maximal speed:-)
IMHO, the stakes would be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Fernando, Re. elephant-mounted machine gunner. ...

Fernando,
Re. elephant-mounted machine gunner.
AFAIK, every elephant required a mahout, i.e. driver. This person straddled elephant's neck and controlled the animal with an ankus.

Somehow I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Re: image of trunk sword in Moser 1912. I have...

Re: image of trunk sword in Moser 1912.
I have 1925 and 1955 editions: nothing there.

Anybody here has 1912 edition ?

I also went through a Russian book by K.S. Nosov ď Traditional weapons of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Not only this elephant carries a stone fort with...

Not only this elephant carries a stone fort with 4 cannons on his back, but he also emits fire and brimstone from his trunk. Thatís what I call irrefutable evidentiary value of iconography :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2018, 01:36 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
I have to make an admission: I like Wikipedia (...

I have to make an admission: I like Wikipedia ( some snobbish dog whistles notwithstanding:-))).
Most articles were written by people who carefully researched the subjects and supported them by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
Very astute comment, Jim. Iconographic material...

Very astute comment, Jim.
Iconographic material of ďarmedĒ elephants is extremely rare and some of it is clearly fantasy driven ( fight with monsters). Its evidentiary value is quite uncertain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
As a matter of fact, the original tusk sword...

As a matter of fact, the original tusk sword shown here by Jens may reasonably well be called a scythe or plow iron.
What one needs for that is just some curvature or angling of the blade....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 850
Posted By ariel
According to local lore, Zaman Isfaghani was...

According to local lore, Zaman Isfaghani was Assadullaís pupil.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,296
Posted By ariel
I am reasonably OK with the idea of tusk swords,...

I am reasonably OK with the idea of tusk swords, provided they were just extensions of the tusk: they would improve on the penetrating ability of the tusk and at the same time would protect the tips...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2018, 03:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 656
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, poor descriptions are going the way...

Regretfully, poor descriptions are going the way of Dodo:-((((

Sellers use e-bay and Google images for information more and more..... inconsiderate bastards!
The Fat Fingers ( a tool for finding...
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