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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th January 2015, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By Ian
Detlef: Yes and yes as far as I know. Ian.

Detlef:

Yes and yes as far as I know.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By Ian
Very nice Detlef. These are mostly from Ilocos...

Very nice Detlef. These are mostly from Ilocos Sur as far as I can determine.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By Ian
I think this refers to Martapoera (also...

I think this refers to Martapoera (also Martapura) in South Kalimantan Province--not far from Banjarmasin. The town is known for its gems, especially diamonds.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2015, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By Ian
Roy: Nice knife and unusual as you suggest. It...

Roy:

Nice knife and unusual as you suggest. It appears to be "Burmese" in style and might well be from the same area as the swords below.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2015, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 638
Posted By Ian
Roy: Thank you so much for posting...

Roy:

Thank you so much for posting these additional pictures. Since we last spoke, I have tracked down a probable origin for these two dha. Although they are almost certainly of "Burmese"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th January 2015, 01:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
This moro kris just finished online and it...

This moro kris just finished online and it presents another hilt version that might represent a cockatoo in a different manner. The silhouette of the hilt certainly looks like the outline of a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th January 2015, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By Ian
Charles: The Achang people are a Chinese...

Charles:

The Achang people are a Chinese ethnic minority living in Yunnan and have ties with the Shan/Tai peoples of Yunnan/Burma/N. Thailand/Laos. Those living in the HuSa and LaSa areas of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2015, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By Ian
Thanks guys. Yes, I would agree it is a HuSa dao....

Thanks guys. Yes, I would agree it is a HuSa dao. Hard to tell how old it is and whether the scabbard is original. The small bone (?) skulls seem like an after thought.

The partial tang has been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
David: Thank you. Ron, is indeed absolutely...

David:

Thank you. Ron, is indeed absolutely correct in his comment about ukil and okir work and the necessary abstractness of Islamic art in representing living objects. And Ron, I am sorry to have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2015, 05:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
The carvings are not anatomically correct if the...

The carvings are not anatomically correct if the bird is in flight or at rest. I cannot see an anatomical equivalent to the well defined circle or spiral in the position shown, whether the bird is at...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2015, 03:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
Alan, thank you so much for the clarification. I...

Alan, thank you so much for the clarification. I have little familiarity with Indonesian--perhaps enough for the marketplace. My Filipino is a little better. Relying on dictionaries and online...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
What about the word "barong" or "barung" itself?

While on the subject of kakatua hilts, it occurred to me to think about the word barong (or barung as it is pronounced in the Tausug dialect) and what it might derive from. I have found no discussion...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
Ron: Thanks for opening a new thread on...

Ron:

Thanks for opening a new thread on this subject. I was thinking of doing the same, but I'm pleased you beat me to it.

The sarimanok story and the evidence you present is definitely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2015, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
Rick: I think this is a most difficult...

Rick:

I think this is a most difficult question to answer because the origins of the so-called kakatua hilt are probably lost in time and we may never know for sure. Certainly, the same form of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By Ian
Unusual dha-like sword

This one sold today on our favorite online auction site. Someone obviously thought they knew what it was judging from the price paid. I have my own ideas but will hold back on commenting until others...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 10:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By Ian
I believe the word kakatua is of Malay origin and...

I believe the word kakatua is of Malay origin and refers to the bird that we call a cockatoo. It is possible that the word has been passed down from its Malay origins and is applied correctly to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Just looking through some older threads and came...

Just looking through some older threads and came across post #5 by steeldust on this thread http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=15388"These photos are of a Dahong...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2014, 05:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: I am fairly certain that sinampalok...

Hi Detlef:

I am fairly certain that sinampalok and dinahong palay are Tagalog in origin, and I cannot find either of those terms in two online Bicolano-English dictionaries. The word ginunting is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Terminology (Part 2)

Hello again Detlef:

I want to address the other two terms that you mentioned in an earlier post on this thread: sinampalok and dinahong palay.

Before commenting, I should say...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th December 2014, 07:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Terminology (Part 1)

Hello Detlef:

Thank you for your factual response to my questioning the origin of those terms. I have visited both the web sites you mention, and each does provide some information about...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Robert: Surely you are contradicting yourself...

Robert:

Surely you are contradicting yourself here. If there is no reliable evidence as to what the different types of traditional Bicol edged weapons look like, and no known references to them, how...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th December 2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 182
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: Apart from the carved dog (arso ?)...

Hi Detlef:

Apart from the carved dog (arso ?) head on the hilt there is little else to suggest a Bicol origin to me. The blade actually looks of European or US manufacture rather than Philippines,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 968
Posted By Ian
Very, very nice Ron. Congratulations. Do you plan...

Very, very nice Ron. Congratulations. Do you plan to etch that blade--looks like it has quite a lot of pattern to it.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By Ian
Interesting question TW! This example is very...

Interesting question TW!

This example is very unlikely to be from the Philippines.

The sheath is very similar to the constructions used by the Aka people of Assam/Tibet. The usual sword to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 672
Posted By Ian
Andrew: I am posting below a figure from...

Andrew:

I am posting below a figure from Ian Heath's, Armies of the Nineteenth Century: Asia 3. India's North-East Frontier, 1999, p. 74. Here is the faint text which accompanied the...
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