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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2020, 09:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By kai
Hello Eric, Aside from signalling status, these...

Hello Eric,

Aside from signalling status, these pieces seem to have been mainly ceremonial. The higher up in the hierarchy the less likely you are needing a blade in a pinch...

The blades tend to...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 2nd December 2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By kai
Hello David, I don't think there is any...

Hello David,

I don't think there is any relationship between these designs (aside from that oval hilts allow for a decent grip/push).

The Sumatran sewar has a round hilt while the keris hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By kai
Talking Hello Eric, These are high status pieces: The...

Hello Eric,

These are high status pieces: The bigger the better! The main design constraint seems to be that the hilt does not get so large that the whole piece tends to fall out of the sash......
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By kai
Lightbulb just making links clickable:

Hermitage:
https://www.hermitagemuseum.org/wps/portal/hermitage/woa-search/

Met:
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search#!?q=arms%20and%20armour
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By kai
Post Hello Thomas, Another really nice piece! It...

Hello Thomas,

Another really nice piece!

It apparently lost a sleeve from silver alloy on the hilt. BTW, are that gnaw marks from rats/rodents along the lower edge of the pommel?

The silver alloy...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2020, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By kai
Hello Thomas, Certainly a genuine antique blade!...

Hello Thomas,

Certainly a genuine antique blade! Fittings tend to be younger for old-timers like this.

How well does the blade fit? Have a thorough look at the scabbard, especially the wood and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Congrats, Thomas - a really nice piece! (Please...

Congrats, Thomas - a really nice piece! (Please let me know whenever you decide to part with it... ;) )

Any provenance? The origin is Karo Batak, of course.

The inlay will most likely be suasa,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By kai
Red face Hello David, I'd be inclined to believe that...

Hello David,

I'd be inclined to believe that this blade is the most recent of the lot acquired by Thomas, i.e. blade being contemporary with the hilt. Just a hunch though...

Regards,
Kai
Forum: European Armoury 28th November 2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 766
Posted By kai
I'm pretty sure that the laminations were...

I'm pretty sure that the laminations were enhanced by such treatment. A well-known example are the much earlier blades studied by Stefan Mńder: http://www.schwertbruecken.de/pdf/staehle.pdf

I'm...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By kai
Wink Hello SÚverin, Have a thorough look under...

Hello SÚverin,

Have a thorough look under magnification to verify that the color sits on top of the material (rather than being the base metal if any silver layer is about to wear off); I don't...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 766
Posted By kai
Smile Hello forumites, I believe we'd first had to...

Hello forumites,

I believe we'd first had to ascertain that this really is not any genuine European blade from the most likely period before starting to go off tangents! From my point of view there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By kai
Post Hello SÚverin, That's a good grouping! Please...

Hello SÚverin,

That's a good grouping! Please add dimensions.

While sewar tend to get associated with Sumatra, we have to keep in mind that they were also common along the western coast of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By kai
Hello Franc, Thanks for the additional...

Hello Franc,

Thanks for the additional pics!

How thoroughly did you clean the calyx? Please check whether the dark recesses of the motifs hold remnants of enamel or plain dirt... ;)



That's the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2020, 09:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By kai
Red face Hello Franc, Thanks for the additional...

Hello Franc,

Thanks for the additional pics!

They confirm our earlier thoughts: Blade, horn hilt, and scabbard are genuine and also exhibit the expected wear of a 19th c. piece; I still believe the...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 13th November 2020, 09:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,764
Posted By kai
Thanks, Mario! Here's the link for the lecture...

Thanks, Mario!

Here's the link for the lecture on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_CpxlR2T8Q

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 11th November 2020, 12:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,764
Posted By kai
Thumbs up Thanks, Mario! Sounds like the event will be in...

Thanks, Mario!

Sounds like the event will be in Italian only, doesn't it?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2020, 11:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By kai
Post Hello Franc, This certainly is an interesting...

Hello Franc,

This certainly is an interesting grab!

The scabbard needs some TLC. It is a really good example of the more sublime esthetics of northern Sumatra and is commonly seen with high status...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 832
Posted By kai
Smile Thanks for your consideration, Alan! Jean, is it...

Thanks for your consideration, Alan!

Jean, is it mentioned who did the translation into BI?

Regards,
Kai
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 832
Posted By kai
Question Hello Alan, I assume you know this work quite...

Hello Alan,

I assume you know this work quite well. Is anything known how this information got compiled and published?

I know one can't learn tangguh from a book - how do the given criteria vibe...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 1st November 2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,232
Posted By kai
Hello Mike, There is no way of knowing if this...

Hello Mike,

There is no way of knowing if this keris was forged with meteor iron unless you start full-blown (and partly destructive) scientific material testing which most likely will yield...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2020, 01:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,263
Posted By kai
Cool Hello Detlef, Those you cite exhibit traditional...

Hello Detlef,

Those you cite exhibit traditional workmanship - I'd tend to believe that Eric's example is post-WW2, possibly quite recent considering the scabbard and the seemingly fresh resin; also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th October 2020, 01:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 867
Posted By kai
Question Hello Gavin, From the single pic, I'd surmise...

Hello Gavin,

From the single pic, I'd surmise that the turned, ebony-like hilt might very well feel at home throughout the northern Malay peninsula, indeed. Simple EDC knives may offer very limited...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,148
Posted By kai
Smile ...

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=19472
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 8th October 2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,074
Posted By kai
Talking The painter knew damaged keris with detached...

The painter knew damaged keris with detached crosspieces stubbornly holding onto their blades... :rolleyes:

Unless prepared on the spot (which was a rare exception), period artwork needs to be...
Forum: Keris Warung Kopi 3rd October 2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,074
Posted By kai
Post Hello Thomas, The fittings are recent examples...

Hello Thomas,

The fittings are recent examples of a more modern Bali style that was mainly worn by dancers/performers. The dots are not supposed to be wormholes but rather emphasize/contrast the...
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