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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2020, 01:19 AM
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Posted By ariel
That’s a freaking beauty!

That’s a freaking beauty!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st June 2020, 12:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
Kubur, I really admire your ability to...

Kubur,


I really admire your ability to distinguish elephant ivory from cattle bone from a distant photograph of a a discolored and stained fragment of organic material:-)

This is surpassable...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
I would guess that's how a 17-18th century old...

I would guess that's how a 17-18th century old khanjarli would look like by now.
The bony parts of the handle are deeply pigmented by are, sweat and dirt; I cannot even decide whether they are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
The blade and knuckle guard of khanjarli and...

The blade and knuckle guard of khanjarli and chillanum are virtually identical.
In fact, both are the same dagger with only ethnic difference in decoration, i.e. contour of the handle. We see the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
Replacement of grip plates is not only possible,...

Replacement of grip plates is not only possible, but is quite likely: organic materials do not hold as long as metal parts.

Elgood, in his description of all-metal Indian daggers, specifically...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By ariel
Khanjarli as a rule are at least 17-18 century....

Khanjarli as a rule are at least 17-18 century. Since they like most of Indian weapons were custom made, their construction and decorations differ widely from one another.
I would not know how to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
OK, how "standard" are these Khybers,...

OK, how "standard" are these Khybers, all 19 century, except for two potentially earlier?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
Infantry: foot soldiers, organized in defined...

Infantry: foot soldiers, organized in defined units. Like ( see above) “regiments”:-)

Question: if there were so many foot soldiers in the 18-19 century Afghan armies, why are Afghani “ cutlases”...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 946
Posted By ariel
See Sheila Blair “ Timurid signs of...

See Sheila Blair “ Timurid signs of sovereignty”.
Three circles were one of them. Interestingly, they continued to be put on Afghani blades even as late as 19 century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 946
Posted By ariel
I think that the high price might have been a...

I think that the high price might have been a consequence of “wishful thinking”: buyers were under impression that the wavy lines were an example of Tipu’s favourite “ Bubris”.

The auction’...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
Of course, there was: Third Battle of Panipat ,...

Of course, there was:
Third Battle of Panipat , 1761: 32,000 Rohilla infantry
Second Anglo-Afghani War, 1878: 62 infantry, 16 cavalry regiments
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
To summarize: A weapon for close quarters fights...

To summarize:
A weapon for close quarters fights , I.e. infantry ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 946
Posted By ariel
As to its price: There was a study some years...

As to its price:
There was a study some years ago: professional economists wanted to know the relation of the actual worth to the final price at auction-like sales.
The bottom line: real worth of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
You are correct: “ zirah bouk-ish” Indo-Afghani...

You are correct: “ zirah bouk-ish” Indo-Afghani swords ( not daggers!) are very rare. I can recall seeing maybe 3-4, no more. But they do exist. One could entertain an idea that they might have come...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
OK, having spent some time on personal...

OK, having spent some time on personal impressions, height of S. Indian tribesmen, average body temperature in the hospital and other profound issues, can we go back to the original question: does...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2020, 01:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
1.You do not have to believe, just...

1.You do not have to believe, just Google
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Average_human_height_by_country

2. As to Indian horse height: Arabian 57-61"; Akhal-Teke 58-64"; Marwari ( Malani) , the ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
The overall length of tulwar was about 90 cm,...

The overall length of tulwar was about 90 cm, i.e. 35". But that includes the handle. I was talking about the blades. Over the past ~10 years average height of an urban Indian man was 174 cm, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,132
Posted By ariel
Yes, Jovanovich was not the only painter...

Yes, Jovanovich was not the only painter reproducing his paintings on more than one occasion.
Perhaps, the saddest story was the life of a Russian painter A. Savrasov.
By all accounts, he was not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th May 2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,132
Posted By ariel
It’s all fair in the heat of a fight. Instruction...

It’s all fair in the heat of a fight. Instruction of a child is a different ball of wax.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th May 2020, 10:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 970
Posted By ariel
Short-bladed Indo-Afghani sabers

The majority of sabers from that area were used by mounted warriors.
Their blade length was calculated to be: a). sufficient to cover the entire body against a blow, be it vertical, horizontal or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2020, 05:05 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,435
Posted By ariel
Fully agree.

Fully agree.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,435
Posted By ariel
Thanks, I was unaware of those publications. ...

Thanks, I was unaware of those publications.
However, none of them have been cited by Astvatsaturian or Yasar either.

As to your statement that Soviet-Yugoslav relations were rosy till the death of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,435
Posted By ariel
By the way, in Russian, where a good chunk of its...

By the way, in Russian, where a good chunk of its vocabulary is of Turkish ( not necessarily Ottoman, but much earlier, back to the Mongolian invasion) the word Sarai (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2020, 04:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 781
Posted By ariel
The 1947 date etched into the blade, but it is...

The 1947 date etched into the blade, but it is rather funny: Arabic Islamic numerals, but the date is written using Christian calendar:-)
Yes, most likely Jordan.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2020, 03:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,748
Posted By ariel
The earliest Yataghans we know were all “ royal”...

The earliest Yataghans we know were all “ royal” and did not have bifurcated pommels. After that they filtered down to the janissaries and from them across the entire empire.

I suspect that the 17...
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