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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd July 2014, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By josh stout
I don't think it is Chinese, but I would love...

I don't think it is Chinese, but I would love more description and maybe a picture of the guard.
Thanks,
Josh
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,304
Posted By josh stout
The dragon and phoenix motif with stylized clouds...

The dragon and phoenix motif with stylized clouds is absolutely of Chinese origin. Very similar examples can be found in Persian carpets, and are usually attributed to the Mongols' habit of moving...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd June 2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By josh stout
Vietnamese is a good guess, especially if it had...

Vietnamese is a good guess, especially if it had an ivory or bone handle. With just the blade to go on, many regions with a Chinese influence are possible.

I have two short choppers that are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By josh stout
Clearly the sword is a Bhutanese patag, but the...

Clearly the sword is a Bhutanese patag, but the spear is more difficult to identify. The new cloth wrapping looks traditional, but it obscures the details of the spear. I am not familiar with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 442
Posted By josh stout
Nice pedang! I am not sure about the age,...

Nice pedang! I am not sure about the age, hopefully someone more knowledgeable will add a comment, but to me it looks like it might be circa 1950. The U shaped insert piece near the handle is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By josh stout
I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not...

I think fruit bat is a good call. I would not have thought of it, but allowing for artistic license and the wide variety of bats, it seems a better fit than a dog.
Forum: European Armoury 24th March 2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By josh stout
On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am...

On the topic of antiques, fakes and theft, I am trying to figure out the chain of crime and who is at fault for what parts. If the buyer paid thousands and was robbed of something with a replacement...
Forum: European Armoury 20th March 2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By josh stout
Not the first time this guy was robbed

A recent news article described the theft of "medieval armor and a stuffed snow leopard". European armor is outside my specialty, but I can say with 100% certainty that it is not medieval. I also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By josh stout
I am amazed at the skill shown in this core. ...

I am amazed at the skill shown in this core. They are not uncommon artifacts, but this is the slimmest I have seen. The original would have been a flawless, slightly tapered cylinder. Each blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 398
Posted By josh stout
obsidian core

This is an obsidian core used to produce the long thin blades found on Mesoamerican war clubs. It was collected by my grandfather who typed the label sometime in the early seventies. The goal of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2014, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 781
Posted By josh stout
I appreciate the work that went into the...

I appreciate the work that went into the responses. It is unfortunate that we don't have better photos of the weapons involved given the large number of truly abhorrent photos of bloody victims. As...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 781
Posted By josh stout
uyghur knives?

After the horrendous Chinese train station attack by what people assumed to be Uighurs, I wondered about their weapons. The attackers were described as dressed in black from head to toe with only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,024
Posted By josh stout
So "katar" is still in error, but is...

So "katar" is still in error, but is not completely out of line in describing a smaller edged weapon with a Sanskrit etymology. :shrug:

On the fascinating but completely off topic discussion on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st October 2013, 12:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By josh stout
The basic shape of hand axes is incredibly...

The basic shape of hand axes is incredibly consistent for over 2 million years. It is the thing we have made the most of for the longest time. They were replaced by the rich array of weapons...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2013, 09:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By josh stout
The best paper on ethnographic...

The best paper on ethnographic throwing.

http://courses.washington.edu/war101/readings/isaac_1987.pdf
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th October 2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By josh stout
Tim- I have been searching for historic examples...

Tim-

I have been searching for historic examples of throwing stones, and these are the first sharp ones I have seen listed as such. Can you please give me the reference? (Just saw that you listed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th October 2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 996
Posted By josh stout
I am fascenated by hand axes. The one you show...

I am fascenated by hand axes. The one you show is strikingly similar to Acheulian forms dating to 2 millian years ago or so, made by Homo erectus. Yet yours may be little more than a century old to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th September 2013, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 834
Posted By josh stout
The example of mine you posted is Vietnamese with...

The example of mine you posted is Vietnamese with a Chinese style blade. Another similar example from the Chinese minority border region would be Shan dha, from the Burmese/Chinese border, called...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,444
Posted By josh stout
Gavin- I believe your assessment but I find it...

Gavin-

I believe your assessment but I find it confusing. I have a few Vietnamese pieces and they are rather more refined than the appearance on this one.

What do you think accounts for the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st July 2013, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,078
Posted By josh stout
Neil- As you know dating Chinese things is...

Neil-

As you know dating Chinese things is problematic at best, but both jian appear to me to be perhaps over the boarder into the Republican era. The longer one in particular does not appear Qing....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th July 2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,444
Posted By josh stout
To me it looks like it might almost be African. ...

To me it looks like it might almost be African. Either way, the tang has not been peened and there is no other method of attachment, so I would guess it is a ceremonial or tourist piece that was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2013, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 957
Posted By josh stout
Yes, Gavin is correct. The work is all modern. ...

Yes, Gavin is correct. The work is all modern.

Interestingly, there are period examples of these double swords, but the majority are recent. I have seen two antique examples, and both appeared...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 758
Posted By josh stout
I agree, the designs are very interesting. I...

I agree, the designs are very interesting. I teach a class in human evolution, and these images can be seen quite often in paleolithic art. One of the current theories to explain the ubiquity of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2013, 02:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,621
Posted By josh stout
They are called "chui" and the ones...

They are called "chui" and the ones with dragons are recent. The last one looks more promising.

I was fooled by one of the dragon sword breakers recently, they look good, and you can find them...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2012, 02:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 803
Posted By josh stout
Gavin- I agree the guard does not match the...

Gavin- I agree the guard does not match the typical disk with a raised rim that was the standard for military sabers, and that these appear in such numbers that they must have been distributed as...
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