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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By motan
Oeps, picture problems again.. I my phone has...

Oeps, picture problems again.. I my phone has more pixels than the previous one, so shrinking to 30% is not enough.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By motan
Sorry, but I have to agree with G. Mansfield....

Sorry, but I have to agree with G. Mansfield. Some clues tell me it is probably from Syria, but from Damascus, so not from the village of Majdal Shams, where the best and most well-known types were...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By motan
Hi Kubur and thanks for the interesting...

Hi Kubur and thanks for the interesting information and kind words. Is the dagger in the picture yours? Definitely similar. By looking at the "scars" of the many repairs in my dagger, I can see that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By motan
2 recent addition to my collection

While I am at it, I thought I'd show 2 very modest additions to my collection.
I collect only within a very specific small niche - daggers from the Levant.

The first one is a very small (9" and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By motan
Sorry, something went wrong with uploading. This...

Sorry, something went wrong with uploading. This is the first picture :mad:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2020, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 163
Posted By motan
Red face Some Oceanic stuff from museum

Hi all,
I was walking through the Israel museum in Jerusalem yesterday and came to the section of ethnographic collections. They have a decent African, South American and Oceanic collections. I don't...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 695
Posted By motan
Hi, I have not much to add, but I confirm what is...

Hi,
I have not much to add, but I confirm what is already said by Kubur and Mahratt. I have always asked myself whether these Kindjals and many other daggers from Damascus with the same construction...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,249
Posted By motan
Jerusalem, Israel

First time I see this thread. Nice.
I am an atheist from the holy city of Jerusalem (or Al Quds, if you prefer).
My family came from Hungary and I am married to a Dutch woman. I lived in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th October 2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 960
Posted By motan
Hi, I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip...

Hi,
I know the use of a thimble as scabbard tip from Syria. Also the use of thin, decorated brass sheet over wooden core in the scabbard and the pattern of decoration could be Syrian. The lobed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,025
Posted By motan
Hi, I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this...

Hi,
I don't know much about Faca Pontas, so this may be a bit off, but has anyone considered it might be a Mauritanian dagger?
Both Brazilian and Mauritanian daggers have a heavy Spanish-Moorish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,519
Posted By motan
Hi, I missed this one and arrived when the...

Hi,
I missed this one and arrived when the verdict is already out.
Just a small detail to add. Notice that the shafra in Egerton's illustration has a very different decoration - more like those of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,704
Posted By motan
Hello Mahratt, While I may be suffering from...

Hello Mahratt,
While I may be suffering from post-modernism (I guess that is what you mean), others here suffer from dogmatism and rigidity of thought. I really don't know much about Kaffirs and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,704
Posted By motan
My 2 cents: - The knife itself looks true to...

My 2 cents:
- The knife itself looks true to type and old, although sophisticated forgery of the whole knife, as well as later "decoration" can not be totally rejected. We will probably never know....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd September 2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,430
Posted By motan
Hi, I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian...

Hi,
I am also not an expert on Indo-Persian weapons, but this looks like a Persian Khanjar from late Qajar period (around 1900). Typical all-steel construction with a hollow hilt. Very similar items...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th August 2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,245
Posted By motan
Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent....

Agree with Broadaxe, unfortunately. Very recent. Handles of shibriyas are cow, goat or sheep horn, often completely covered with metal sheet.
In some shibriyas, and especially Palestinian ones,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 753
Posted By motan
Hi Stefan, I have seen both of your daggers...

Hi Stefan,
I have seen both of your daggers before and commented on them. They are both good and older than most.
The first one is a classical type - one of the two main types produced in the village...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st August 2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By motan
Hi all, Thanks for participating in this thread....

Hi all,
Thanks for participating in this thread. Don't get me wrong, I still think that Southern Iraq or North Eastern Arabia are the most probable origin of my dagger. The reasoning is simple - 1....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By motan
Smile Hi Stu, Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever...

Hi Stu,
Unfortunately, I don't think we will ever know.
But what you say makes sense. It could be that an Iraqi or Syrian dagger was later dressed with silver in Arabia. The blade is, I think,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th July 2019, 06:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By motan
Hi Stu, Thanks for your response and please have...

Hi Stu,
Thanks for your response and please have a look in your books when you can. Literature that covers Iraqi daggers is very rare as far as I know. I don't know what you mean by "put together"....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By motan
Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your...

Hi Krockew and Kubur, and thanks for your reactions.
Kronckew, the question of what is Shibriya and what is not is quite complex and there are examples of daggers called Shibriya that have a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,338
Posted By motan
Mystery dagger

Some of you may have seen it because I have asked around privately.
This is a small dagger, 25cm I bought as "Iraqi Shibriya, Late 19th century".
Unfortunately no scabbard. What puzzles me is that I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th July 2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By motan
Wootz?

In the first picture, there appear to be a pattern on the blade. Could that be wootz? Maybe just rough cleaning or optical artifact. Am I the only one to see it?
Rockelk, in the Paint accessory of...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd July 2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By motan
Thanks again Alex, I am now convinced. This...

Thanks again Alex,
I am now convinced. This example is remarkably similar to mine. Just to show you what has mislead me, I attached an example of an Ottoman hammam bowl, or at least it was presented...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st July 2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By motan
Hi Battara, I think you are right. Even when...

Hi Battara,
I think you are right. Even when polished, the silver is too dark to be high grade. However, I could not care less because I bought it for the its aesthetic appeal and for next to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st July 2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By motan
Hi Alex, Thank you very much for the information....

Hi Alex,
Thank you very much for the information. I am a little surprised, but that is because I don't know anything about South and East Asia, so it didn't occur to me..
Do you have a picture of a...
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