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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 04:58 PM
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Posted By ariel
Bidri technique is characterized by perfectly...

Bidri technique is characterized by perfectly flat surface. What is described in the Indian paper cited by Kwiatek is an inlay technique with gold/silver/brass wire hammered into incised channels...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:41 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By ariel
Can you give a reference to this...

Can you give a reference to this technique/name?
All this is totally new to me.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
Well, I still do not know where the term “...

Well, I still do not know where the term “ teh-Tula” came from, but obviously it is not meant to signify niello. Likely, the author means some kind of inlay.

Overall, it looks like a very simple...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By ariel
I do not wish to engage in this type of...

I do not wish to engage in this type of discussion.
If anybody here wants to open a separate topic addressing pros and cons of various books on the subject, I shall be happy to add my 2 cents ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 423
Posted By ariel
I am absolutely certain that every participant on...

I am absolutely certain that every participant on this Forum is very well aware of the Sepoy Rebellion, aka Great Mutiny, or India’s First War of Independence:-)


But it had nothing to do with the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 423
Posted By ariel
Kubur, You are partially correct: the role of...

Kubur,
You are partially correct: the role of bladed weapons shrank markedly with the introduction of firearms.
But short-bladed weapons suffered the biggest blow. Swords/ sabers were still used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 423
Posted By ariel
Per Elgood, katars in the 19th century were made...

Per Elgood, katars in the 19th century were made in quantities, but for tourist/ souvenir purposes only. The era of face-to-face battles was over......
Everybody got a proverbial Maxim gun.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
I cannot see niello there. What I do see, is a...

I cannot see niello there. What I do see, is a cheap false filigree on a souvenir shashka made in contemporary Georgia.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2019, 02:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,595
Posted By ariel
Yes, Shia. My guess , this pseudo-shashka was not...

Yes, Shia.
My guess , this pseudo-shashka was not made in Afghanistan by the local Shia, Hazara or Quizilbash. Afghani-made weapons are usually simple and pretty crude.
I would guess it came from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By ariel
What on earth is teh -tula? Never heard of...

What on earth is teh -tula? Never heard of it.
Any chance it is Tula Weapon manufacture?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,595
Posted By ariel
Well, if one looks carefully at your delineation...

Well, if one looks carefully at your delineation of the drag, it is the convex side that seems to be wider, suggesting that the sword was worn “ saber- wise”, not “shashka-wise”. That would prove...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 709
Posted By ariel
As per Elgood’s text in the Jodhpur book, names...

As per Elgood’s text in the Jodhpur book, names ending in “- rao” or starting in “khan-“ are seen among Rajastani inscriptions. And the overall style of decoration would fit. In short, I doubt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
Or, to be rude and cynical, the furniture of...

Or, to be rude and cynical, the furniture of kastane ended up in the sweaty hands of contemporary N.African souvenir dealer who went thru his supply of touristy flissa blades and found one fitting...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd December 2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By ariel
The Third Battle of Panipat ended in a resounding...

The Third Battle of Panipat ended in a resounding defeat of the Marathi army. More than 40,000 fully armed soldiers died on the battlefield. But 40,000 -70,000 of mostly non-combatants were taken...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 709
Posted By ariel
Polish school of arms history and identification...

Polish school of arms history and identification places hilts as a defining feature ( determines ethnicity and manner of fencing).
Other schools and individuals emphasize blades as the working...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd December 2019, 12:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 709
Posted By ariel
To complicate things even further, Shamshir in...

To complicate things even further, Shamshir in Persia can be curved or straight, and in Afghanistan, pulwar and Central Asian pseudoshashkas are all shamshirs in local parlance. The bottom line, in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By ariel
For some reasons the blade reminds me of rather...

For some reasons the blade reminds me of rather modern Flissa daggers
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,431
Posted By ariel
Well, if you think that all things Ottoman are...

Well, if you think that all things Ottoman are Turkish, that would greatly simplify your provenancing :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th November 2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,431
Posted By ariel
Ottoman Yataghans were assembled from...

Ottoman Yataghans were assembled from mass-produced blades coming largely from Anatolia and Balkans ( Bosnia, mainly). Wherever they landed, their further fate was to fall into the hands of a local...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By ariel
Mali noz is translated as “ small knife”. And...

Mali noz is translated as “ small knife”. And Foca is likely: smooth round coral.
I would guess end of 19- early to mid 20th century. It doesn’t seem to be dated,
so dating is mainly by condition...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 873
Posted By ariel
The very first sword in the series shown by me,...

The very first sword in the series shown by me, has a very " Hindu" pommel: unopened lotus flower. The next one has a peculiar handle: downturned quillons ( Persian/Afghani style) with the same Hindu...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th November 2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,176
Posted By ariel
Jim, a sprinkle of rationality always enlivens a...

Jim, a sprinkle of rationality always enlivens a discussion:-)


My mentor during my fellowship years always taught me to conduct an experiment aimed at destroying my theory. Only if it failed was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,176
Posted By ariel
Don’t feel bad: the above info was lifted...

Don’t feel bad: the above info was lifted verbatim from the Russian version of Wikipedia. The reliability of that source is limited, to put it mildly.


For example, the blurb here states that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,176
Posted By ariel
A tiny question: how were these swords tied to...

A tiny question: how were these swords tied to the trunks?
Unless we use tight belts, they will turn and hit the enemy not with the edge, but with the flat of the blade. And if we tie them very hard,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,176
Posted By ariel
Jim, I see your point about trunk swords and...

Jim,
I see your point about trunk swords and deep inside I am on your side. Moreover, their physical absence in museum collections is disturbing.


However, we have several separate accounts of...
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