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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:37 PM
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Posted By Philip
Nando, the photos you added are worthy of...

Nando, the photos you added are worthy of comment. There is a demilune below a trident, they were separate classes of weapons. In China (as well as Korea and Vietnam) the trident was much more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 195
Posted By Philip
like peas in a pod

Thank you, the Met example is practically identical to the one in this painting.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 195
Posted By Philip
it gets complicated

Thanks, Bruno, for posting the pics. The text is an 11th cent. military encyclopedia, Wujing Zongyao It has a plethora of polearms, which scholars like David Nicolle have commented that such a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 195
Posted By Philip
Met Museum catalog keywords

Nando, I first became aware of the example in the Met by way of Stone's Glossary... page 276, under the entry "Half Moon, Demilune" . So try Half Moon in the Met's online catalog search engine. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 195
Posted By Philip
clearing up the terminology

The term "gekken" is irrelevant to the weapon under discussion:
1. The word is Japanese and is literally "moon sword".
2. In Chinese the label "sword" is never applied to these weapons, they are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 195
Posted By Philip
As far as I am aware these were used by...

As far as I am aware these were used by civilians, and were not a military pattern. They have an equivalent in 16th-17th cent. Europe, where they were commonly known as demilune or "half moon". ...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd December 2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,703
Posted By Philip
Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its...

Your lance shows signs of age on it, but its configuration is markedly different from the Polish hussar lances that have been published from museum collections as seen in the attached images of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th December 2020, 11:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,072
Posted By Philip
Bravo, Bovinias!

Bravo, Bovinias!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 11:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,985
Posted By Philip
postwar production

The production seemed to have continued, at a respectable quality level, after WW II and even post-Mao. On two trips to China during the 1970s, I was taken to artisanal "factories" where various...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,985
Posted By Philip
Hello, Mahratt! Let's say that the overall shape...

Hello, Mahratt!

Let's say that the overall shape of these knives can be described as "Chinese-ish" . Or as I like to say, "close but no cigar". Let's see:

1. The blade shape resembles the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 10:22 PM
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Views: 1,985
Posted By Philip
The style of the motifs themselves, the color...

The style of the motifs themselves, the color scheme, and the workmanship of the cloisonnée are indeed consistent with that medium as seen on any number of curio articles produced in China during...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 12:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,985
Posted By Philip
"in the style of...

Jim,
I first saw these in great number on my trips to Hong Kong in the mid 1970s, ( even bought a very nice one as resale merch, whose blade was probably wootz based on what appeared from etching). ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,985
Posted By Philip
Agreed. These daggers come in a wide variety of...

Agreed. These daggers come in a wide variety of configurations, some short swords actually (even with cut-down old Chinese and Japanese blades with clumsily reshaped tips and even pseudo Manchu or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,893
Posted By Philip
It appears both ways in Buddhist iconography, and...

It appears both ways in Buddhist iconography, and both are counted among the 64 sacred emblems on Buddha's foot, as depicted in talismanic representations.
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,101
Posted By Philip
book recommendation

This is a spectacular, must-have book for anyone interested in Italian armes-blanches. It can be hard to find, I got my copy at a Czernys auction and find that it was published thanks to...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,101
Posted By Philip
There is also a town called Desenzano del Guarda,...

There is also a town called Desenzano del Guarda, on the shores of Lake Guarda, that is not far southeast of Brescia, which is in turn south of Caino. I wonder if Tomaso Gorgonio D had family roots...
Forum: European Armoury 27th November 2020, 05:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,101
Posted By Philip
cities and region

Jim, Caino is a small town not far north of the city of Brescia, both municipalities being in the eastern part of the region known as Lombardy.

There is another Lombard city, Bergamo, located about...
Forum: European Armoury 24th November 2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,203
Posted By Philip
what is typical for these?

Great displays! I like your choice of furniture as well.

There are some interesting things about your roncone, the unusually long dorsal spike is a nice touch. These weapons were extremely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st November 2020, 05:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By Philip
I think they are coins and the dates indicate...

I think they are coins and the dates indicate when they were minted. Note the denomination "20 Lepta". The crown is probably that of the Greek monarchy.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Philip
know before you ship

Yes, Ian, it is a problem but so far fairly easy to get around with describing the item in the right way. These outfits process a gazillion parcels daily, so if you do a reasonable job in keeping...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Philip
a rose by any other name

In the US, the post and couriers like the object to be named in English, and nuance is everything. So "saber" is more subtle than "sword" and just about any dagger or short sword can pass as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th November 2020, 01:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Philip
a recommendation

Hi, Yves

Here's advice from a tribal arts dealer in the San Francisco area, who's shipped spears (and the small boat I mentioned previously) and he recommends this:

For large things shipped...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Philip
some suggestions

I know that you said that the shafts are in one piece and shortening them is out of the question, but can the steel heads be detached for shipping? That might reduce the overall length by a foot or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th November 2020, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,255
Posted By Philip
shipping long objects

How long are the two budiaks with cane shafts that should not be cut?
The commercial courier services (UPS, DHL) sometimes allow longer parcels than the national post offices. You should check with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th November 2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
Posted By Philip
Roach-belly? Haven't heard that term before,...

Roach-belly? Haven't heard that term before, nice to know. I'm trying to recall all the cockroaches I've gotten up close to examine, and fail to see where the comparison lies. Maybe I was...
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