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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2014, 12:24 AM
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Posted By ariel
Definitely Syrian:-) The handle is a dead...

Definitely Syrian:-)
The handle is a dead giveaway of the style peculiar to the Druze village Majjal Shams.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2014, 12:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,177
Posted By ariel
I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan...

I think it was Elgood who mentioned Bukharan jewellers working in Southern Aravia.
Could it be that the decorative motives might be Central Asian, but the shape is that of the old Omani katara?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 633
Posted By ariel
Shamshir

Oliver,
Can you recommend a particular brand?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2014, 02:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 633
Posted By ariel
South Caucasian Qaddara, they migrated to Iran ...

South Caucasian Qaddara, they migrated to Iran to be used in the Ashura ceremony.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2014, 02:39 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
I fully expected it :-)

I fully expected it :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
Here is my Choora: handle is horn with multiple...

Here is my Choora: handle is horn with multiple small nails, all decorative parts are brass. The interesting thing is the thin line of turquoises below the bolster, on both sides.
The scabbard is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2014, 03:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 369
Posted By ariel
Where is the edge? To me it looks as if it is on...

Where is the edge?
To me it looks as if it is on the convex side; if so, the handle might be turned the wrong way.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2014, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
Thanks for the ideas.

Thanks for the ideas.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
You are right: that was contributed more out of...

You are right: that was contributed more out of respect than of vanity:-)

No, I do not seek any financial gains. Having published quite a lot in my field in academic journals, I have never received...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2014, 03:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
Thanks for all your input! The problem is that...

Thanks for all your input!

The problem is that our community is so small, that no respectable publisher will invest into a peer-reviewed journal that has no chance of a decent profit.

I recently...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2014, 02:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By ariel
Need guidance

Colleagues,
I am thinking about writing an article on the genesis of a particular weapon.
Do you know any journals dedicated to the history of weapons ( perhaps more specifically, oriental...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th November 2014, 04:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By ariel
Buy yourself a copy of Van Zonneveld's "...

Buy yourself a copy of Van Zonneveld's " Traditional Weapons of the Indonesian Archipelago" and solve all your problems :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th November 2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,598
Posted By ariel
Thanks, but the Gold goes to my Russian...

Thanks, but the Gold goes to my Russian colleagues who identified it. I was just a messenger.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th November 2014, 01:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,598
Posted By ariel
It is impossible to exclude outside influence,...

It is impossible to exclude outside influence, immigrant manufacturer or skills acquired elsewhere.
But let's agree that the place of production was in Malawi and that the construction is not purely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 11:00 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,598
Posted By ariel
I was also convinced that these knives were SE...

I was also convinced that these knives were SE Asian.
But to deny their Malawi origin, I have to deny
A. Reputation and expertise of the British Museum, and
B. Testimony of 3 separate witnesses...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 479
Posted By ariel
Respectable museums are chock full with fake...

Respectable museums are chock full with fake Rembrands, the European section of the Wallace Collection has been found to have fake armour
sets and complex weapons.
How difficult, do you think,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 01:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 464
Posted By ariel
Any weaponry coming out of China these days is a...

Any weaponry coming out of China these days is a fake unless proven otherwise.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th November 2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By ariel
The blade of the first one is secured in the...

The blade of the first one is secured in the handle by some kind of glue. Definitely not a Caucasian technique, unless they invented epoxy in the 19th century :-)

Jokes aside, I think it is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th November 2014, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By ariel
Masochist ( to the Sadist): Please, hit me...

Masochist ( to the Sadist): Please, hit me hard!
Sadist ( with vicious grin): No, I won't.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,598
Posted By ariel
Apparently, same knife is featured in Tirri's...

Apparently, same knife is featured in Tirri's book on African weapons. Also, they are apparently exhibited in the British Museum with full provenance.
I did not check it, not my area of interest, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 01:50 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
Ah so... :-)

Ah so...
:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th November 2014, 01:41 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,598
Posted By ariel
They were just discussed on a Russian forum...

They were just discussed on a Russian forum Guns.ru

I thought they were SE Asian, but to my chagrin learned they were from West Africa, Yao tribe, Malawi. Apparently concentric circles are a dead...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
DavidR: Can you show magnified pic? I can' t see...

DavidR:
Can you show magnified pic? I can' t see wootz pattern.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
Thanks Gavin, Good beginning of a database. The...

Thanks Gavin,
Good beginning of a database. The main problem is that it is likely to be Bukhara and Afghanistan.


Capt. Masalski saw manufacture of Central-Asian wootz in the 1850s if my memory is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st November 2014, 08:54 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,862
Posted By ariel
And, BTW, can anyone show us examples of the...

And, BTW, can anyone show us examples of the unquestionably Central Asian -made wootz blades?

They have used Persian wootz blades and just dressed them according to the local fashion. Thus, it...
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