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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By Marbel
Blaan

Hello Yves,

I think the main issue is that early misspellings of the name Blaan created mispronunciations which were always considered to be derogatory by the Blaans. As a minority indigenous...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th October 2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By Marbel
Blaan

Hello,

I'll let others weigh in with their opinions on the sword and hilt, but will note that the scabbard appears to be a nicely carved Blaan piece.

I think it's important to use the word Blaan...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 10:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,362
Posted By Marbel
Dagmay

I would agree with tanaruz, that dagmay is a good possibiity for the textile on this scabbard. Good call. Mandaya weaves are very distinctive and when seen on their own are quite easily identified...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,362
Posted By Marbel
Tboli

I personally don't think much information can be gathered from anything attached to a Tboli hilt - chains, beads, bells, etc. They are obviously easy to attach and detach any time. Traditionally,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th September 2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,362
Posted By Marbel
Tboli

Hello Ian & Xas,

In terms of the textile, it's abaca but doesn't appear Tboli. It actually looks like Subanen. I'd be interested in seeing what's underneath the textile and if the scabbard has any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th September 2020, 01:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,273
Posted By Marbel
Sangi

Hello,

Just a few photos to add to the conversation.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 05:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Marbel
Textile

Hi Ian,

I feel like quite a few of these lumad scabbards (like the one you showed, not the nice old Bagobo and sometimes Blaan/Tagakaolo examples with great ‘mounds’ of textiles and sometimes beads...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th September 2020, 04:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Marbel
Textile

Hi Ian,

It’s always a bit hard to identify a textile when it’s only a small piece, but the scabbard you’ve shown appears to be wrapped in Tboli t’nalak.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th September 2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Marbel
Bagobo

Hello,

Very nice example.

Just to clarify, ‘t’nalak’ is very specific to the Tboli. Bagobo weaving is generally known as ‘inabal’. Both utilize abaca and the ikat method and while there are many...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th September 2020, 03:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,268
Posted By Marbel
Blaan bell

This type of bell is commonly found amongst the Blaan. Very old and no longer crafted. The photo attached was taken during a visit with the Blaan near Malungon in April 2016.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th September 2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 954
Posted By Marbel
Tboli

Hello,
Just a few quick notes on the chain-link and bells on Tboli hilts. The ‘loops’ at the end of the hilts were certainly created to attach adornments like chain links and bells. However we...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th August 2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,492
Posted By Marbel
Woman’s blade

This small woman’s blade is Tboli. Aside from the bells and chains noted, the small ‘half-moon’ markings on the blade are very Tboli.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2020, 03:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,866
Posted By Marbel
Philippines

Thanks for the information Ian. Filipino politics is predictably unpredictable. Let’s hope for the best.

I will share a brief anecdote. During my last visit in Oct 2018, I was fortunate enough...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,770
Posted By Marbel
Tboli

Thank you for the additional photos and background. He's a nice old piece, well-used and well-loved.

I'm always curious about the journeys of these Tboli swords. Can you please mention where your...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,770
Posted By Marbel
Tboli

Hello Yves,
Thanks for posting the photos. I’m always happy to see these pieces.

It appears as if the guard is sort of flush with the top of the blade. Does it show signs of being ground down,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd May 2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,181
Posted By Marbel
Mindanao

There is record of a Captain Lucius C. Bennett, stationed in Parang, Mindanao with the 31st Infantry (headquartered in Zamboanga) at the turn of the century. Parang is just north of Cotabato City in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,181
Posted By Marbel
Mandaya

Is it possible that the inscription says Major instead of mayor?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,038
Posted By Marbel
Hello Detlef, I would actually think of the...

Hello Detlef,
I would actually think of the pieces you've shown as Blaan. That being said, I think it's important to recognize that the sword itself and the scabbard are two different things and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,038
Posted By Marbel
A vote for Blaan

Hello,
As noted, very hard to tell without the hilt. However here's a vote for Blaan.

Thank you,
Craig
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By Marbel
OFF TOPIC: I remember briefly visiting Zamboanga...

OFF TOPIC:

I remember briefly visiting Zamboanga City in 1985. On my way from General Santos City to Manila - I didn't have enough money to fly, so embarked on the MV Manila for a 3 day trip north....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th April 2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,038
Posted By Marbel
Nice!

Now THAT’s a cool piece. Wow. Thanks for sharing.

I feel like the scabbard is extra special as well.

Bravo to the maker(s) and owner(s).
Forum: Swap Forum 8th January 2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,128
Posted By Marbel
Wanted: Tboli pieces

Hello,

Happy New Year!

I am interested in acquiring Tboli blades of any sort - tok, kefilan (kampilan), sangi, etc. as well as scabbards. Items from neighboring groups - Blaan, Bagobo, Mandaya,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th December 2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,166
Posted By Marbel
Fiji

Hello,

For those who may have an interest, there is a new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) titled "Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific.

Within this excellent exhibition are a...
Forum: Swap Forum 16th February 2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,305
Posted By Marbel
Wanted: Tboli items

Hello,

I am interested in acquiring Tboli blades of any sort - tok, kefilan (kampilan), sangi, etc. as well as scabbards. Items from neighboring groups - Blaan, Bagobo, Mandaya, Manobo, etc. may...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd January 2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,690
Posted By Marbel
A bit off-topic but here’s a photo from Oct 2018....

A bit off-topic but here’s a photo from Oct 2018. I was able to attend an event honoring former President Fidel Ramos (also attended by President Duterte). Delegates from around the country were...
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