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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 05:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,732
Posted By Ian
Ibrahiim: I think you have made a strong case...

Ibrahiim:

I think you have made a strong case (several times) for this sword to be a recent marriage of an old European blade and an old Omani hilt that has been dressed up to be sold as something...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By Ian
Hello Marbel: The knife you show is definitely...

Hello Marbel:

The knife you show is definitely T'boli based on the geometric shapes on the brass hilt and sheath. The presence of small hawk bells is also common for T'boli metalwork. There is a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 145
Posted By Ian
Robert does very nice restoration work! I see...

Robert does very nice restoration work! I see that the brass came up very "white" with cleaning--perhaps a high nickel content in the copper alloy.

I think your knife is very collectable. The strong...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By Ian
Hi Detlef: Yes, many names for these in...

Hi Detlef:

Yes, many names for these in different dialects and between different tribal groups. I have heard several of these names before from various sources, often times one person contradicting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 177
Posted By Ian
Hi YBR, This one could be from a number of...

Hi YBR,

This one could be from a number of places. It would help if you could give us some information about it. Where and when was it bought? Did it come with other items? What did the seller know...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th July 2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 185
Posted By Ian
And one more. Another painting by Louis Dupré...

And one more. Another painting by Louis Dupré showing his depiction of Greek rebels hoisting the flag at Salona, a scene from the early stages of the Greek War of Independence. Not the pleated...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th July 2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 185
Posted By Ian
Some military pictures from around the time of...

Some military pictures from around the time of the Greek War of Independence.

The first one is taken from a painting, Warrior ("Pallikari") of Sellaida (Souli), Greece, by Dupré Louis...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2015, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By Ian
This spear is usually referred to as a falfeg. If...

This spear is usually referred to as a falfeg. If you look at Krieger's plates of Philippine weapons elsewhere on this site, you will find similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th July 2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 185
Posted By Ian
Ibrahim: Thank you for the alternate suggestions...

Ibrahim:

Thank you for the alternate suggestions of this little statue's origins.

Just a little more on the fustanella. There is a surprisingly good article on wikipedia (here...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th July 2015, 05:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 185
Posted By Ian
Stu: The kilt-like garment looks like the...

Stu:

The kilt-like garment looks like the traditional fustanella that was worn by the celebrated Greek klephts in the War of Independence (1821-1829). Later in the 19th C. this same garb was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2015, 01:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 255
Posted By Ian
Fortunately, there are scientific tests that can...

Fortunately, there are scientific tests that can distinguish bone from ivory, so if it is bone he should have no problem. If it is ivory, can he reasonably be held accountable for an opinion...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Ian
This knife comes from mainland SE Asia, probably...

This knife comes from mainland SE Asia, probably Burma. The horn hilt is nicely done and shows some age. Hard to say how old this one may be--perhaps mid-20th C.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 255
Posted By Ian
Castellum aquilonis: Thank you for bringing this...

Castellum aquilonis:

Thank you for bringing this issue to the attention of forum members and others visiting this site.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2015, 03:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 918
Posted By Ian
Simon: Thanks for posting this very interesting...

Simon:

Thanks for posting this very interesting article. I got to read it through last night and it contains some fairly thorough scholarship on the production of the various copper alloys and their...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 28th July 2015, 04:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By Ian
Fearn: In the two examples you cite, I would...

Fearn:

In the two examples you cite, I would submit that the paradox is only a paradox when the item is altered after the original (descriptive) owner has passed it on to someone else.

If...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 918
Posted By Ian
Sirupate: I think it helps, Simon, if we can...

Sirupate:

I think it helps, Simon, if we can all take a look at the article you mentioned and know what it is that we are discussing. Attached is a PDF copy of what I believe to be that article....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th July 2015, 02:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 836
Posted By Ian
Good points Charles. Cross-cultural pieces are...

Good points Charles. Cross-cultural pieces are indeed fascinating and again speak to diffusion of styles among different cultures that reflect other sociological/anthropological interactions. It...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 836
Posted By Ian
Ariel, I am reminded of a quote attributed to...

Ariel, I am reminded of a quote attributed to Henry Kissinger. When asked, "Why do academics fight so viciously?" he is reported to have responded, "Because there is so little at stake."

As...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 836
Posted By Ian
Jens: What you describe is the type of...

Jens:

What you describe is the type of original contribution to the field that does not come to many of us. Tracing the origins of past weapons is important historical research that defines the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th July 2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 836
Posted By Ian
As someone who spent 40+ years of my professional...

As someone who spent 40+ years of my professional life engaged in "academic research," I believe that research is simply the methods by which we acquire new knowledge. The final goal is to arrive at...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th July 2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By Ian
Ward: The example of your family shotgun sounds...

Ward:

The example of your family shotgun sounds very familiar. My family had an old Winchester Coach Gun that my great grandfather carried when he was delivering mail in rural Victoria (Australia)...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th July 2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 347
Posted By Ian
Ward: Great topic. Thanks for starting this...

Ward:

Great topic. Thanks for starting this off. I think it has more than Ethnographic interest so I'm going to send it over to the Miscellania Forum where our colleagues from the European and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 361
Posted By Ian
Ward, I think you are saying that if an item was...

Ward, I think you are saying that if an item was made for an intended purpose/use, and it happens to be bought by a collector/tourist then it is still a valid artifact from that culture. Therefore,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2015, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 148
Posted By Ian
Jens: Thank you for posting these most...

Jens:

Thank you for posting these most interesting pieces with a clear provenance to pre-1700. They are all in great condition, with the two left-most examples looking as though they were just made....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th July 2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 207
Posted By Ian
A couple more dog headed ones from the same...

A couple more dog headed ones from the same period.

Ian
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