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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 27th August 2014, 10:06 PM
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Posted By ariel
Going to the extreme, which one would you buy:...

Going to the extreme, which one would you buy: old, beat up khanda with nick-ed edges and simple Old Indian hilt or a modern Rajastani replica with modern damascus blade and a hilt covered in golden...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,782
Posted By ariel
Oliver, I was not even mentioning South Asia:-) ...

Oliver,
I was not even mentioning South Asia:-)
Central, -yes.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: European Armoury 17th August 2014, 11:49 PM
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Views: 296
Posted By ariel
Solingen did damaskus.

Solingen did damaskus.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th August 2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,782
Posted By ariel
Oliver, No argument here: Central-Asian origins,...

Oliver,
No argument here: Central-Asian origins, actual manufacture 14-16 century Persia or Mughal India. My only hesitation is with your mention of its potential Mamluk origin. Perhaps, we did not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,782
Posted By ariel
And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince...

And then, there is this enigmatic knife of Prince Andrey Staricki of the early 16th century, the origins of which are still hotly debated in Russian sources, although, IMHO, they are fairly obvious:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th August 2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,782
Posted By ariel
Oliver, Wouldn't you agree that the distinction...

Oliver,
Wouldn't you agree that the distinction between what we know as "present-day Afghanistan" and "present -day Central Asia" is rather artificial? Even now, Tajiks, Turkmen and Uzbeks (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,782
Posted By ariel
I would just want to draw your attention to 3...

I would just want to draw your attention to 3 daggers from the book of Bashir Mohammed, - Furussiya Collection. All identified as Timurid Afghani, 11-12th century.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th July 2014, 02:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,359
Posted By ariel
Thanks Sancar!

Thanks Sancar!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th July 2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,359
Posted By ariel
Sancar, What evidence do we have that this (...

Sancar,
What evidence do we have that this ( and, potentilly, other) yataghan were made specifically by Ahmet Tekelu, the enigmatic master? Any signatures on the yataghans? Any mention of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 680
Posted By ariel
I would guess that the wootz blade on this...

I would guess that the wootz blade on this kaskara comes from Persia: a ( much) better-than-average Qajar "Revival sword".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By ariel
I do not think it is "CV": rather it is...

I do not think it is "CV": rather it is arabic 27. Will make in total 1927.
Gregorian date written with arabic numerals.

I have a whiff of something Syrian :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 680
Posted By ariel
Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means ...

Orez Perski is not an author: it simply means "Persian Weapons" in Polish.
The chief editor of this book was Antoni Romuald Chodynski.

The lay-out of the cover page confused many people, who used...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2014, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left...

Yes, I know this one: same swords on the left hip.
I knew of the bronze art of Benin, but this is the first time I see such an organized Damascus pattern on the African sword.

I did find the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
A colleague from another forum found this picture...

A colleague from another forum found this picture of Dahomean amazons: notice the handle of an identical form under the belt of the woman on the right.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Top guns, my foot :-) To join the...

Top guns, my foot :-)
To join the "mis-attribution company" with Oldman is a badge of honor!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Jim, Your memory is truly phenomenal! Not for...

Jim,
Your memory is truly phenomenal!
Not for nothing you are known as Google McDougall:-)


Here is another one just like that, posted millennia ago.
Dahomey, no doubt.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2014, 02:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Wow! Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected...

Wow!
Jim, many thanks. Totally unexpected attribution!
King Gezo was always my role model :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
#2

Final batch
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 508
Posted By ariel
Help with a sword: Tibet??? NOT TRUE: DAHOMEY!!!

Dear Colleagues,
This sword came to my humble abode quite some time ago and I still do not know where is it from.
Start simple: dimensions. Total length 21". Width at the handle 13/8". Then there...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 13th June 2014, 06:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,045
Posted By ariel
Does he have diabetes? This is a serious question.

Does he have diabetes? This is a serious question.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 643
Posted By ariel
Currently it cannot be called a fake, because...

Currently it cannot be called a fake, because after 100 years anything becomes antique:-)

But it is certainly not a fighting example and never was. Any fighting axe has a wedge-like profile. This...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 785
Posted By ariel
"The design of the jerz is not a copy of any...

"The design of the jerz is not a copy of any other hatchet from any part of the world or from any period in history"



Well, it is far from being unique:-)

It is remarkably similar to the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2014, 02:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By ariel
It's a Russian equivalent of the...

It's a Russian equivalent of the politically-incorrect "finger".
Every time I see yet another dagger with a three-finger combination, I cannot help but chuckle :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th May 2014, 04:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 680
Posted By ariel
Well, to each his own. People collect even...

Well, to each his own.
People collect even stranger things: stamps, Lalique, oils by Rembrandt :-)
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