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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By ALEX
"Voevoda" means warrior, usually of...

"Voevoda" means warrior, usually of higher rank such as commander. Literally, the one who leads in the war.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 646
Posted By ALEX
Wootz and mechanical are both references to...

Wootz and mechanical are both references to patterns. The same can be applied to watered/watering, i.e. general terms for patterned steel (although some use it to describe wootz). Better to use...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 646
Posted By ALEX
Mel, I agree with all above. The core is...

Mel, I agree with all above. The core is mechanical/pattern welded with several (4?) rows of twisted wire in a pattern known as "Turkish Ribbon". The "twists" repeat in a sequential order which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th December 2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By ALEX
Jon, A beautiful barrel indeed. Here's another,...

Jon,
A beautiful barrel indeed. Here's another, not as beautiful as yours, also pattern weld (or etched(?), with silver inlay and somewhat similar mark. I believe it is 19thC Persian or Caucasian....
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd November 2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By ALEX
I agree, Marius:) I finally got the photos. The...

I agree, Marius:) I finally got the photos.
The face looks more Japanese rather Javanese to me, especially the eyes, high cheekbones, etc. so this threw me off. I think it represents exactly what...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2017, 07:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,674
Posted By ALEX
Bryce, I agree with you regarding the the blade...

Bryce,
I agree with you regarding the the blade being earlier form, 18th century is appropriate estimate. The lion cartouche is original to the blade. Absolutely magnificent shamshir with top quality...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 31st October 2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By ALEX
Thank you, Rick. This is it. I looked up 'Barong...

Thank you, Rick. This is it. I looked up 'Barong and Keris dance' online and it is strikingly similar depiction. I'll try to post photo of the statue, but am almost certain this is what it depicts,...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 31st October 2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By ALEX
I do not have a photo yet. Besides, if one does...

I do not have a photo yet. Besides, if one does not know about a Keris being historically used in certain ritual... would a photo enlighten?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th October 2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By ALEX
A Japanese Performing HaraKiri (Seppuku).. with the Keris

I saw a carved wooden statue of Japanese bearded man wearing only a short folded loincloth around his hips and performing what seems to be HaraKiri, with the Keris, into his right side of the chest...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2017, 03:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By ALEX
The mark on the first image resembles a Tatar...

The mark on the first image resembles a Tatar tamga, but more probable references can be found in THIS POST (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9889&highlight=tamga)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd September 2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By ALEX
You may Google for: siam ceremonial spoon You'll...

You may Google for: siam ceremonial spoon
You'll see some similar. Also, see THIS LINK (http://spoonplanet.com/siamceremony.html)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,328
Posted By ALEX
Nice close-up. Looks like it was gilded copper...

Nice close-up. Looks like it was gilded copper kundan. The exposed carving on the ridge looks clean, even and uniform, almost as machine made., does not look 19thC work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,328
Posted By ALEX
Yes, it is certainly Indian dagger, not Japanese...

Yes, it is certainly Indian dagger, not Japanese in neither style nor influence. But was it (entirely) made in India? Is it original... or Mughal style dagger made elsewhere like in Japan, China,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,328
Posted By ALEX
Considering a combination of an item and...

Considering a combination of an item and provenance, not history alone, is a proper approach. This particular item calls into question the story as a whole. Firstly, it is an Indian Mughal style, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st September 2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By ALEX
Based on a character, I think Thailand/Siam.

Based on a character, I think Thailand/Siam.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,328
Posted By ALEX
Post Its a nice Indian Mughal style dagger. Copper...

Its a nice Indian Mughal style dagger. Copper kundan is known to be used instead of traditional gold. Jens is an expert in the field, and also has a fine copper kundan dagger, and perhaps will...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,061
Posted By ALEX
Marius is correct. Damascus means any pattern,...

Marius is correct. Damascus means any pattern, and further categorizes into mechanical (pattern welded) and true/Oriental (crucible/wootz). Even artificially induced pattern such as acid etch is also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,061
Posted By ALEX
Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment....

Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment. This is European hunting sword, I'd say German (based on the pattern) or French (based on handle design). Certainly at least 19thC. The blade is of...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By ALEX
Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment....

Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment. This is European hunting sword, I'd say German (based on the pattern) or French (based on handle design). Certainly at least 19thC. The blade is of...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,413
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Kai. Sham and shear steel can be very...

Agree with Kai. Sham and shear steel can be very close in appearance. This one appears to be shear steel, of European origin.
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 875
Posted By ALEX
Sorry for potential disappointment. This is very...

Sorry for potential disappointment. This is very suspicious item that is likely a recent copy. Are there any authentic examples of such daggers, or is is made-up fantasy type? There are some...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st August 2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 475
Posted By ALEX
Thai / Siamese Cartouche on Songkran Bowl - Translation Request

Here is Thai bowl probably for use in Songkran water festivals. There's cartouche on the bottom in Thai/Siam. Can anyone read it? Many thanks in advance.
Forum: Swap Forum 2nd August 2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 751
Posted By ALEX
A NEW BOOK by KIRILL RIVKIN - A Study of the Eastern Sword

A new book by Kirill Rivkin "A Study of the Eastern Sword" was published on July 26th and is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/153234001X

Another epic work by Kirill that will surely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,972
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, You're right. Not a Russian painting. It...

Ariel, You're right. Not a Russian painting. It is Italian, mid 15th Century by Sano di Pietro (Siena, Italy 1405-1481): Beheading of St John the Baptist.
Here's another of his works showing straight...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,972
Posted By ALEX
Personally, I'd not doubt the author's intent as...

Personally, I'd not doubt the author's intent as the painting is of superior quality and execution overall. It was done by a master iconographer who was capable of drawing a straight line, and I...
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