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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 12th June 2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,449
Posted By olikara
I still believe that this is later piece and a...

I still believe that this is later piece and a powder horn, probably for the rustic householder who would have used the powder to shoot anything from Duck to Wild Boar. Else, it could have been used...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th June 2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,449
Posted By olikara
It is a powder horn. It isn't thin because it is...

It is a powder horn. It isn't thin because it is made of Brass not horn or steel. I would place this piece among the same group of Brass articles that still come up in and around Mysore, Madurai,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,285
Posted By olikara
Kamani?

Apologies for the diversion but what is a Kamani?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th June 2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,449
Posted By olikara
Hindu

And the piece is very very Hindu, not only because of the Cow part of it but also because of the Motifs near the cover end which are the most common on South India Hindu temple Ceilings as well as...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th June 2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,449
Posted By olikara
Holy Cow ;-)

Hello Fernando!

I'm visiting the forum after a year and nice bumping into you!!

Yes, it is a cow and is very Indian. I'd go further and put my money on South Indian!

;-)
Nidhi
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2014, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,485
Posted By olikara
Lightbulb Great piece. Great patina on the wood too. But...

Great piece. Great patina on the wood too. But why do you say that the piece is Coorgi. I don't know much about firearms but was just curious.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2014, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,154
Posted By olikara
Post The 3 characters

Ibrahim,

Don't be annoyed now ;-) This Indian person is here to help.

Matt:

1. The script should be read from the first photograph posted. Here the characters are placed correctly. The 2nd...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2013, 02:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,028
Posted By olikara
Post Old Combo

It is only a 'local' dagger. You find similar pieces in India where a knife maker puts up a hilt and blade all depending on utility and some vague idea in his mind. The hilt (pommel, rather) here is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2013, 06:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,468
Posted By olikara
Come on friends....

Jens, I agree wholeheartedly with your effort to help the owner of the Ayda Katthi. Thank you for directing me to the piece. I liked the piece especially on account of the date.

Chris, I am sure...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2013, 05:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,468
Posted By olikara
Chris ;-)

Chris ;-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2013, 05:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,468
Posted By olikara
Ayda Katthi

Good question. Temples, Churches, Mosques and other religious places in India receive donations not only in cash but also functional items like cooking vessels (if the place has a communal kitchen),...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,468
Posted By olikara
You're welcome Jens. The piece is intriguing...

You're welcome Jens. The piece is intriguing because of the language the date is written in. The writing is excellent and typical of that era. The patina is good and the inscription has set well into...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2013, 05:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,468
Posted By olikara
The Katthi Text

Yes the text is in Malayalam, the language spoken in Kerala.

It reads: 'Kumbalakaran ayyappan
maryamba ambalathil koduthaddu
1888 Janavari'

Which translates as:
'Given by Ayyappan of Kumbalam to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2012, 09:25 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 15,272
Posted By olikara
Thumbs up I'm 37 now. And to be honest, would not have...

I'm 37 now.

And to be honest, would not have branched out into collecting edged arms had it not been for this forum and Jim McDougall.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2012, 05:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,793
Posted By olikara
Post The langet reminds me of the Shiite Alams carried...

The langet reminds me of the Shiite Alams carried during the Moharram processions in India. Have attached a picture of some alams from Hyderabad in the Deccan. But again, these flags/symbols (alams)...
Forum: European Armoury 27th January 2011, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,593
Posted By olikara
Thumbs up Excellent

Alexander,

Great work. Though I do not collect fireams myself, I found your post very enlightening.

Nidhin Olikara,
Shimoga, India
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2011, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,014
Posted By olikara
Thumbs up Hello Jim, The legible half reads as: 'Shri...

Hello Jim,

The legible half reads as:
'Shri Dayal (Ji) Sairam (Das) Ji' which could be a name of the sword maker or owner. Dayal is a common North Indian Surname. While Sairam is actually the name...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,754
Posted By olikara
Lightbulb A translation

Ok, I am no Max Mueller, but I can read the Hindi text as:

' Shri SitaRam Ji Sahay Fakir
Singh Ji (K') Lahour (Th') S(amvat) 1813 (K')'

Which may be translated as:
'With the help of Sita and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2010, 07:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,203
Posted By olikara
Thumbs up Jim, Have a great time ahead. God Bless, Nidhi

Jim,
Have a great time ahead.

God Bless,
Nidhi
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd August 2010, 08:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,019
Posted By olikara
Khanjar

Why do you think it is from Southern India? The makara was as common up North as in the South.

Again. the blade is Khanjar like and I think that the piece is from Northern India, probably...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2010, 03:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,617
Posted By olikara
Lew, I think Dom means 'Jauhar'. Nidhi

Lew,
I think Dom means 'Jauhar'.

Nidhi
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2010, 04:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,185
Posted By olikara
Lightbulb Kirtimukha

A very beautiful piece. The decoration just below the hilt resembles the kirtimukha seen very frequently on Deccan door lintels.

Nidhi
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2010, 05:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 29,219
Posted By olikara
Pleaase take snaps of the Seringapatam pieces...

Pleaase take snaps of the Seringapatam pieces while you are there. Thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2010, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,249
Posted By olikara
Post Urdu

Jhony,

It reads the same as it does in Arabic. Only that no Urdu speaker will understand it as only the script is common.

Nidhi
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2010, 03:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 15,089
Posted By olikara
Lightbulb Blade lengths and Beer

Have sent you a PM.

Chris, katar blades only 7 inches in length are not a rarity. I have seen blades even 5 inches long forged along with the grip. Generally Indian blades were shorter than the...
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