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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 03:17 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Tim, sorry to hear of your bad experience. Hope...

Tim, sorry to hear of your bad experience. Hope you get your money back at least.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th February 2016, 07:54 AM
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Views: 308
Posted By colin henshaw
Very nice pieces, and quite rare too. ...

Very nice pieces, and quite rare too. Congratulations...

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th January 2016, 11:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By colin henshaw
From the images, the spear looks to be from...

From the images, the spear looks to be from South-East Africa (maybe Mashona or Yao ?). However the construction of the shield with the four metal rivets through the leather, is Indian not African....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2016, 11:07 AM
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Views: 1,612
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Detlef Thanks for your comments, glad you...

Hi Detlef

Thanks for your comments, glad you like my dao.

The tang does not extend completely through the wooden hilt, here is an image as requested.

I can't find much information of those metal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th January 2016, 03:14 PM
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Views: 1,612
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi Detlef Have been reading through your...

Hi Detlef

Have been reading through your interesting thread. I like the daos you have acquired, and as already mentioned, also find it tricky to assign these weapons to a particular tribal group...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2016, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to those who contributed on these spears,...

Thanks to those who contributed on these spears, glad to see they are of interest.

There is another image of this type in the British Museum 1910 Ethnographical Handbook, but it gives no further...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By colin henshaw
Strange spears from New Hebrides

Here are images of two unusual and bizarre wooden spears (with some damages) I acquired a little while ago. They are apparently from New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and seem to be quite rare.

There is an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 783
Posted By colin henshaw
The blade is sharp for the entire convex side and...

The blade is sharp for the entire convex side and for that part of the concave side that extends beyond the hilt projection.

Initially I had considered a razor to be the most likely function, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By colin henshaw
Nice spear, Iain. I've always quite liked these....

Nice spear, Iain. I've always quite liked these. Good also it retains the leather wrapping, often these seem to be lacking...

Regards.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 607
Posted By colin henshaw
Great images, thanks for posting. Not my main...

Great images, thanks for posting. Not my main area of interest... regarding the short arrows, what are these for... a type of crossbow ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st December 2015, 11:38 AM
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Views: 783
Posted By colin henshaw
Does anyone recognise this knife ?

Does anyone recognise this knife ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th December 2015, 03:08 PM
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Views: 783
Posted By colin henshaw
Unusual knife for I.D. Asian ?

Hi

I've had this strange little knife for years, but could never figure out what its for or where its from. The handle elements are made from dark horn and the blade is very thin.

Can anyone...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 2nd December 2015, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By colin henshaw
Could it be for cutting up/reducing blocks of...

Could it be for cutting up/reducing blocks of sugar when making tea ? I know there were "sugar hammers" used in that area...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th November 2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By colin henshaw
Very nice items Gavin. Can you post some images...

Very nice items Gavin. Can you post some images of the blowpipe...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th November 2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks again Kubur, very helpful.

Thanks again Kubur, very helpful.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,792
Posted By colin henshaw
Yes, that the one...

Yes, that the one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,792
Posted By colin henshaw
An observation - I'm fairly sure the blade on the...

An observation - I'm fairly sure the blade on the spear at the far right of this image is from Somalia. ie. the image with the red background.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th November 2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By colin henshaw
Many thanks Kubur, I didn't think it would be of...

Many thanks Kubur, I didn't think it would be of such an early date.

Can anyone translate the inscription, presumably its in Farsi...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2015, 08:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,792
Posted By colin henshaw
Great images, thanks for posting. Arabian...

Great images, thanks for posting. Arabian spears/lances have always been a bit of an enigma. These images (from the Jordan area ?) show the distinctive form of head with that metal "sleeve". :)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 24th November 2015, 12:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By colin henshaw
Islamic comb for I.D. + translation

Could one of the forum's Islamic specialists identify the origin of this little wooden comb ? I am thinking Persian or Turkish ??

Can anyone translate the inscription as well...

Thanks in advance.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2015, 08:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 867
Posted By colin henshaw
Come to think of it, I've also seen those...

Come to think of it, I've also seen those decorative motifs as on your dagger scabbard, on items of Taureg adornment such as amulet cases and turban ornaments...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th November 2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 867
Posted By colin henshaw
I've seen those back-to-back concave line forms...

I've seen those back-to-back concave line forms on wooden stools etc from the Nupe (Nigeria). Or, they might represent the Sudan "double C"

That oval petal motif can be found in Omdurman (Sudan)...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2015, 03:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks to Jim and kronkew for their input on this...

Thanks to Jim and kronkew for their input on this thread.

Jim, you raise some pertinent issues here, the diffusion of tribal weapons is certainly interesting though difficult to quantify sometimes....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th October 2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By colin henshaw
Massim "sword club"

Hi

Those on the forum who like Pacific weapons, might be interested to see this recent acquisition, a sword-club from the Massim area of New Guinea.

It shows the typical curvilinear decoration to...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th October 2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks African, probably Chokwe. Sticks like this...

Looks African, probably Chokwe. Sticks like this were used as indicators of rank, part of costume etc by adult males.
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