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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th January 2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,417
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, Surely a unique find. The hilt with...

Hi Kubur,
Surely a unique find. The hilt with beads is an Ottoman feature known from small daggers, where the the beads are either from stone/amber inlaid with gold, or with emaille decoration. This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,417
Posted By motan
Yes Richard, you are right. It is a very common...

Yes Richard, you are right. It is a very common inscription on blades and the writing is so clear that even I can read it.
As for the age of the dagger, it is hard to be sure, but it is safe to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd December 2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,417
Posted By motan
Hello again, Yes Kubur. I agree with you. It is...

Hello again,
Yes Kubur. I agree with you. It is very possible that production started earlier, I just don't have proof. It is rare to see Majdali type daggers in a book. Can you produce a larger...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 920
Posted By motan
Hi Detlef, sorry to hear you were ill and I wish...

Hi Detlef, sorry to hear you were ill and I wish you full and quick recovery. The writing is 100% Arabic, though it is somewhat unclear here and there. I will not try to read it because I would make...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,417
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, Thanks for your reply, and please show...

Hi Kubur,
Thanks for your reply, and please show me what you found. I know some things these daggers, but not nearly enough to draw a general picture on their development.
As I see it, you already...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd December 2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,417
Posted By motan
Hello all, I agree with some of Kubur's and...

Hello all,
I agree with some of Kubur's and A.alnakkas' comments, but disagree with others. The identification by A.alnakkas is, I think, correct. Montagnard's dagger is a late 20th c. or Early 21st...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 959
Posted By motan
Hi, No idea, but just wanted to remark that...

Hi,
No idea, but just wanted to remark that decoration looks like tree of life, which is definitely an Islamic symbol, found on weapons, carpets and many other things.
Eytan
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th October 2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,105
Posted By motan
Hi, This definitely looks like a Surmene knife...

Hi,
This definitely looks like a Surmene knife from the Trabzon area, and it could very well be one. But I understand the confusion.
There are some elements that look Syrian or Lebanese.
The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th September 2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Posted By motan
Hi my friends, I agree with both of you, but...

Hi my friends,
I agree with both of you, but there are still so many things unknown to us about the origins of the shibriya.
Kubur, if I had to guess where your shibriya was made, I would say...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th September 2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, Thanks for keeping this thread going...

Hi Kubur,
Thanks for keeping this thread going with interesting examples. The first one is a piece I considered buying for a long time, but let it go eventually. I believe it is an early form of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd September 2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,005
Posted By motan
Hi Francantolin, I am not an expert, but this...

Hi Francantolin,

I am not an expert, but this dagger feels Persian to me, not Ottoman or Kurdish. It also looks old and original. The hilt is definitely walrus ivory. The shape of the hilt is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur, I respect your opinion and will be more...

Hi Kubur,
I respect your opinion and will be more than happy to find out that I own genuine 19th century shibriyas.
However, the meager evidence I have points against it. Photographs of Bedouin from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th August 2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,108
Posted By motan
Hello Kubur, Thanks. This is a significant...

Hello Kubur,
Thanks. This is a significant contribution. I suspected something in this direction, as you can read in my last post, but there was no evidence. It is there now. But still, it is strange...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th August 2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,108
Posted By motan
Thank you all for your contributions. I am a bit...

Thank you all for your contributions. I am a bit wiser now :) but it is still a strange void. Egypt has produced some great weapons from the Old Kingdom and up to the great swords of Islamic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th August 2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,054
Posted By motan
Hi, I agree with Ariel (too often lately). A...

Hi,
I agree with Ariel (too often lately). A very generic type of Kindjal-like dagger that could be from anywhere in the Caucasus, Turkey or even Syria. Definitely not a tourist piece because it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,358
Posted By motan
Hi, I agree with Ariel. Definitely Kurdish, not...

Hi, I agree with Ariel. Definitely Kurdish, not Albanian. The shape of the scabbard and particularly the point are Ottoman, but not necessarily Turkish - it was common in parts of the Ottoman Empire...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By motan
Another mistake. I miscalculated the date. Alex...

Another mistake. I miscalculated the date. Alex is right: 1799-1800, though you will never know which because Hijri years always fall in two different Gregorian years..
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By motan
OK. I figured I was wrong, so I asked a friend...

OK. I figured I was wrong, so I asked a friend who can really read. Made by Mohammad Nay. You can trust my source. :D
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By motan
Hi Mahratt, I am not proficient in Arabic, but...

Hi Mahratt,

I am not proficient in Arabic, but it looks to me like "A'mal Makhmai'd" (made by Makhmaid). Not a common name in Arab countries, but I know it exists.
As for the date, I can confirm:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Posted By motan
Hi Messia, This is not an expert opinion, but I...

Hi Messia,
This is not an expert opinion, but I seem to remember that this type is from Tunisia or Algeria. Have patience and someone who really knows will respond.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th August 2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,208
Posted By motan
Hi ChristineR, I am sorry, but I have to join the...

Hi ChristineR,
I am sorry, but I have to join the rest, especially Shayde78 who put it to words elegantly.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,433
Posted By motan
Hi Helleri, You are right. Unfortunately, I don't...

Hi Helleri,
You are right. Unfortunately, I don't have any watertight alternative. Because "groups" of daggers are not actual entities, what you call a specific dagger is, to some degree, a matter of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th August 2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,433
Posted By motan
Hi Helleri, Yes and no. The question of...

Hi Helleri,
Yes and no. The question of definitions and names has been discussed many times in this forum and has no clear answers. Do not forget that these are not natural categories like animal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,108
Posted By motan
Hi, Thank you all for your response, but...

Hi,
Thank you all for your response, but particularly TVV who gave a good overview of the Egyptian situation. I think that this phenomenon is wider than Egypt alone.
In early Ottoman period, Ottoman...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,108
Posted By motan
Thanks Detlef, But, the dagger in thread is...

Thanks Detlef,
But, the dagger in thread is clearly an Ottoman style dagger, and made as a decorative piece. I could have been made in Egypt, but this is not an authentic Egyptian style. I am looking...
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