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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 08:10 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Colin, and I do appreciate the tender...

Thanks Colin, and I do appreciate the tender attention to my perceived sensitivities on the use of terms. It seems as so often the use of a term or phrase used in entries is challenged (especially in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:10 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As LJ has noted in the previous post, there are...

As LJ has noted in the previous post, there are clearly numerous cases of crocodile armor in other ethnographic cultures.
I had come across this armor from these regions which noted these crocodile...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Animal hides, skins, naturally dry out over time...

Animal hides, skins, naturally dry out over time if not lubricated by some sort of oil or conditioner. Cracks will occur in 'dry' periods if conditioning or oiling is not done .

In the situation I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2021, 08:42 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Fernando. In mentioning these groups, I...

Thank you Fernando. In mentioning these groups, I wanted to spare any elaboration on their nefarious activities, but note that these warrior fraternities of many years earlier were apparently...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2021, 04:01 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
'm with you Richard! The 'movie prop' angle is...

'm with you Richard! The 'movie prop' angle is definitely a new one for these pages, perhaps the 'tourist' or 'souvenir' terms have worn thin :)
Your note on the bargaining items (bribes etc.)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2021, 05:58 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Interesting comparison

Although we are discussing a cuirass from Africa, I wanted to add, at least anecdotally, a similar kind of case from here in Texas.

In the 1870s, armor and a helmet were in the Pecos desert in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2021, 05:22 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
CROCODILE CULTS

Looking further into the 'cult' , secret society and other such organizations in Africa, it seems such traditions are well steeped into antiquity.
Apparently in Egypt, in about 3rd century AD, there...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th March 2021, 03:58 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Thats a great idea Colin! if nothing else to...

Thats a great idea Colin! if nothing else to remove this persistent element from the equation. There were I understand numerous firms which produced costume elements for movie studios, the sets and...
Forum: European Armoury 6th March 2021, 02:27 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
The very esoteric topic of these Khevsur people...

The very esoteric topic of these Khevsur people has long been a personal favorite since I first became aware of them in the early 90s. They are primarily a mountaineer, tribal people of the Caucasus...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2021, 05:56 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
As always, great points and observations, and a...

As always, great points and observations, and a wonderfully lively discussion which I am enjoying very much.
It is true, this concerns hypotheticals, which is the texture of a discussion seeking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th March 2021, 02:27 AM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent redaction of my synopsis Fernando !!!...

Excellent redaction of my synopsis Fernando !!! :)

Looking into the esoterica of symbolism in the study of ethnographic arms and armor is pretty essential to help identiify and classify items which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th March 2021, 05:17 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Hmmmm, I WONDER if this could be a kind of...

Hmmmm,
I WONDER if this could be a kind of regalia for use by a member of one of the secretive guilds or societies known in West Africa, one that comes to mind is the 'Crocodile guild'. There are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 08:36 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Exactly. I had meant to suggest that by saying...

Exactly. I had meant to suggest that by saying 'the traditional old armor ' implying that the animal hide as used in older armor, may have been modified to protect the wearer against the modern...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 08:04 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
This is exactly the circumstance I was referring...

This is exactly the circumstance I was referring to, 'cults' , These cults remained quite active well into the 20th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 67
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Posted By Jim McDougall
well noted!!! in a number of the statues and art...

well noted!!! in a number of the statues and art relating to these armored men there seem to be attachments of some kind. There were often amulets in the form of written invocations etc. in small...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 04:40 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted!!! I had not thought of the expense...

Well noted!!! I had not thought of the expense factor !!
A few years back I had a pair of 'gator' boots made,......eeeaaughh! and I got a good deal. This stuff is expensive!

Bannerman's stuff...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 03:51 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Not at all Kubur! You have always made most...

Not at all Kubur! You have always made most astute and valuable observations here, and your suggestion is of course a viable consideration.
In looking at this most unusual item, it does not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2021, 03:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,330
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is an incredibly interesting item, and in my...

This is an incredibly interesting item, and in my view is likely an armor from Benin, in West Africa. These kinds of armor were worn by warriors of a kind of society known as a leopard hunting guild...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 921
Posted By Jim McDougall
Ahah!!! I was thinking of Buco, in Desperado, a...

Ahah!!! I was thinking of Buco, in Desperado, a Tarentino western as opposed to Eastwood :) GBU is a classic!!! This kinda stuff is sorta 'Gospel' here in Texas !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 03:15 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Point well noted, but actually not necessarily...

Point well noted, but actually not necessarily 'over' thinking, as we have been focused on the symbolism of the sword in the opening post of the thread, and possible similarities with other examples....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 35
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Atavistic designs in edged weapons is well known...

Atavistic designs in edged weapons is well known in many cultures who called on iconographic depictions to bring their hereditary weapons into their present and traditions.

The reference to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd March 2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 921
Posted By Jim McDougall
This has become an interesting look into the...

This has become an interesting look into the kinds of symbolism which influences the elements and decoration of various ethnographic edged weapons. While not necessarily directly connected, and many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st March 2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Very well said, and it is well established that...

Very well said, and it is well established that 'absence of evidence does not constitute evidence'. I think that probably the reason there has not been some sort of published material on the 'swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th February 2021, 06:14 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Excellent references Colin! well support your...

Excellent references Colin! well support your observation regarding 'swords' and Madagascar.
While Madagascar is one of the larger islands in the world, it was remote and only tribally populated...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th February 2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Further thoughts on the design of the hilt on this sword

In continuing reading through resources seeking more information on the possibilities for this sword (orig. post) , the chapter "The Shining Mystery: Throwing Knives of Africa" in "African Arms and...
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