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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Today, 01:21 PM
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Posted By David
I am not convinced of this. I have certainly seen...

I am not convinced of this. I have certainly seen similar greneng on Moro kris and all kinds of sized and shaped "elephant trunks". :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By David
Spiral, this first one is obviously a modern...

Spiral, this first one is obviously a modern example, but what makes them "fake" in your estimation? It doesn't seem to me that it is pretending to be an antique example. If it is it is doing a very...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi Yesterday, 06:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 124
Posted By David
A small amount of clove oil is traditional used...

A small amount of clove oil is traditional used for maintaining katanas and other Japanese blades. :shrug:
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania Yesterday, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 141
Posted By David
hmmm…i'm not sure why you refer to this as a...

hmmm…i'm not sure why you refer to this as a staff. It seems to be a club to me, though i would think one that was purely either ceremonial or simply made for tourists rather than a truly functional...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 26th August 2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By David
I think there is a good possibility that blades 1...

I think there is a good possibility that blades 1 & 2 are from Madura, not Jawa. I wouldn't even want to start throwing around dates for these blades, though blade #2 comes off to me as being fairly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2014, 12:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By David
Not to dissuade you further, but while this is...

Not to dissuade you further, but while this is certainly part of the history of the Philippines in colonial times, were these not Spanish weapons welded by Spanish guards? Were they more likely to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By David
This may be one of the fellows you are looking...

This may be one of the fellows you are looking for since he is carrying your halberd.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th August 2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
It appears that additional material was...

It appears that additional material was sandwiched around the original gandik area to create the Kala Rahu.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th August 2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
I like the upside down Kala Sungsang. I would be...

I like the upside down Kala Sungsang. I would be interested in hearing more stories about this fellow. The images i found don't really tell the tale.
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th August 2014, 05:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
I suppose that could be possible, but i don't see...

I suppose that could be possible, but i don't see Hanuman's tail in that case. But i do now see that the naga is a separate entity here, with it's head facing inward in the blumbangan. :shrug:
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 25th August 2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
Are you sure that is supposed to be Hanuman? It...

Are you sure that is supposed to be Hanuman? It looks to me like the tail is scaled as in a snake and that the figure is seated on the coil. I've never seen Hanuman in this position, but it does...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd August 2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By David
Thanks guys, that's very specific and just what i...

Thanks guys, that's very specific and just what i wanted to hear. Yes, i knew it didn't look Filipino as the original owner suggested, the motifs weren't right. And yes Colin, as i already stated, it...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd August 2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By David
SEA Phallic Statuette

Can anyone help me put a cultural ID on this little statue. It is about 10 inches high and carved of a rather light and soft wood. No master carving here, obviously something done quickly for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
…and that cute little kerfuffled ear… :D

…and that cute little kerfuffled ear… :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2014, 06:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By David
Are you referring to images that have...

Are you referring to images that have "watermarks"? This is not an application available though this site. Most people do this with photoshop or some other photo software. You might find this link...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd August 2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By David
Hi Steve. As far as i know the short answer is...

Hi Steve. As far as i know the short answer is no. Anything that you place on the internet, be it on a forum, Facebook or other social media or an online auction, it is going to get picked up on...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st August 2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 886
Posted By David
I also would pick the older barung...

I also would pick the older barung ("A"), but keep in mind that this wasn't an either/or choice for the buyers of these weapons. They were not given a choice of one weapon OR the other. These...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st August 2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
Another nice one…i'm not so sure that these long...

Another nice one…i'm not so sure that these long incisors actually qualify as ivory per se, but they are cool. Probably too small for the kind of usage we generally see on old weapons (whole hilts or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 09:49 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
Awesome skull Spiral…vampire deer! :eek: ;) :D

Awesome skull Spiral…vampire deer! :eek: ;) :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 05:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
True that they have these guidelines. However,...

True that they have these guidelines. However, identification becomes far more complicated once the ivory has been crafted into hilts or other parts of various cultural dress for weapons.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
Hi Ric. I have also heard some folks claim that...

Hi Ric. I have also heard some folks claim that only elephant tusk is ivory. However, the dictionary (this is Oxford i believe) defines it as follows:
a hard creamy-white substance composing the main...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,152
Posted By David
I think we are slipping into hyperbole again. The...

I think we are slipping into hyperbole again. The objective of these new laws is to stop the poaching (and therefore the extinction) of elephants (100,000 elephants were poached for ivory in just the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th August 2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
I don't think this is an issue of...

I don't think this is an issue of "forgery". Keris are often altered for legitimate cultural purposes so just because the figure on the gandik may not have been there initially that does not...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th August 2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
Well you chimed in Alan. I was composing my post...

Well you chimed in Alan. I was composing my post while you were posting yours so you answered some of my questions while i was writing them. :)
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 19th August 2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 601
Posted By David
Well, to be truthful i was waiting to hear what a...

Well, to be truthful i was waiting to hear what a few others had to say first.
It is indeed a very attractive keris and i can understand why you were drawn to it. I would love to see a straight on...
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