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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:39 PM
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Posted By ariel
Kidnapping whom or what?Can you clarify? And...

Kidnapping whom or what?Can you clarify?


And did I understand you correctly that you know 10 genuine swords of Assadulla? Can you be more specific?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:26 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,476
Posted By ariel
“However, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of...

“However, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence”

Marius,
You are absolutely correct: this was a typing error and I am guilty for not noticing it:-((((((

And I agree with your argument:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,476
Posted By ariel
And yet another resurrection of the topic! I...

And yet another resurrection of the topic!
I love it.


AFAIK, no new evidence for or against physical existence of an Abbas-era swordmaker named Assadulla had surfaced in the interim. We are back...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th February 2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 449
Posted By ariel
As to the re-profiling European blades in Morocco...

As to the re-profiling European blades in Morocco since 1920:
Years ago I visited Versailles, and saw a big oil picture of a battle between the French and the Berbers. One Berber warrior ( AFAIR,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 449
Posted By ariel
I think you might be correct: looks like one of...

I think you might be correct: looks like one of the multitudinous forms of Spanish " colonial" swords. Spanish colonies were spread from Philippines to North Africa to the Americas, each acquiring...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th February 2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By ariel
This is the Eye of The Goddess: Shakti, the...

This is the Eye of The Goddess: Shakti, the feminine primordial energy.
There are quite a few manifestations of Shakti: Sita, Radhika, Kali, Durga, Lakshmi etc, each with her own but with often...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd February 2019, 04:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,518
Posted By ariel
Elgood dedicated quite a lot of space to the...

Elgood dedicated quite a lot of space to the ch’hatris in his Jodhpur book. Interestingly, he describes quite a lot of them as incorrect, implying their spurious nature.

My guess that just as with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
Agree with both of you: SE Asia, and that was...

Agree with both of you: SE Asia, and that was exactly what I said. So all three of us are on the same page. The “islands” were mentioned simply due to the use of rattan, but obviously they are out...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st February 2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 605
Posted By ariel
IMHO, this is a typical SE Asian Dha ( OK,...

IMHO, this is a typical SE Asian Dha ( OK, purists: Daab:-)

There are limited data on Korean swords of Joseon dynasty, but certain simple points do apply.
Korean Geom was an awfully spartan and ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th January 2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 675
Posted By ariel
Here is mine, quite similar.

Here is mine, quite similar.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th January 2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 882
Posted By ariel
I like Nital, 1-2% No rusty residual.

I like Nital, 1-2%

No rusty residual.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th January 2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 882
Posted By ariel
Bill, Most good jewelers these days have...

Bill,
Most good jewelers these days have machines allowing to assess the composition of the alloy without any destruction : capacitive decay, X-ray fluorescence etc.
I went several times to our...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th January 2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By ariel
Siamese twins.

Siamese twins.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2019, 02:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 802
Posted By ariel
Thanks Ian. Now I am content: no yataghans in...

Thanks Ian.
Now I am content: no yataghans in Luzon.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th January 2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 802
Posted By ariel
Philippine yataghan??

I do not know much about Philippine weapons, but am sure I have never seen anything like that.
Doesn't the blade look yataghan-ish?
Had it not been for the pommel, I would have thought it was a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 11:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By ariel
Have no idea. I once posted a ch'hoora with a...

Have no idea. I once posted a ch'hoora with a similar handle, thinking it was a rhino, but was corrected by several people, who told me it was goat horn.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
.... which is exactly what this discussion was...

.... which is exactly what this discussion was all about.

So, was this "... tale full of sound and fury" worth it?

There are no tigers in Africa, and no shashkas in Central Asia.
End of story.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
Reference, please.

Reference, please.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
BTW, Alex, nice finding at a flea market. A...

BTW, Alex, nice finding at a flea market. A complex mix of Bukharan and Afghani features with a hint of a potentially European influence. I would love to put it on my wall.

After a flea bath, of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
Alex and Jim, We have discussed the issue of “...

Alex and Jim,

We have discussed the issue of “ name game” repeatedly. Allow me to offer my purely “IMHO” defense of this unfortunate term.
I am in the opinion that it is an important and valid part...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
This is just a guardless saber, the examples of...

This is just a guardless saber, the examples of which can be seen in a variety of places, from Sardinia and Negev to India and Indonesia.
Each one of them had its own history, ethnic origin,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By ariel
Goat horn?

Goat horn?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 18,556
Posted By ariel
The blade looks almost European...

The blade looks almost European industrially-produced one with its very wide fuller. Also, there is a very " Afghani" outgrowth on the very top of its handle. North- East Afghanistan is a Tajik/Uzbek...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 954
Posted By ariel
You might be right. I doubt we will ever have...

You might be right. I doubt we will ever have experimentally-obtained evidence:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th January 2019, 05:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 954
Posted By ariel
Janissary corps was very brutally disbanded in...

Janissary corps was very brutally disbanded in 1826. Wilkinson sold very poor quality chainmail to the Khedive of Egypt at the end of 19th century. That is as much as I know about chainmail in N....
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