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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 03:02 PM
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Posted By josh stout
This is my keris, with a more stylized naga. ...

This is my keris, with a more stylized naga. With comparison to more detailed versions, it is clear it is a naga.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,211
Posted By josh stout
Here is an example that didn't take too long to...

Here is an example that didn't take too long to find. I am sure there are many more.

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=24029&highlight=naga+keris
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 28
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Posted By josh stout
I don't think I ever questioned that it was a...

I don't think I ever questioned that it was a snake. I am sure other forumites can give a more scholarly reply, but there are many keris with a naga head where the kembang kecang usually is, with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th May 2020, 01:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,211
Posted By josh stout
The "five deadly venoms" isn't just a...

The "five deadly venoms" isn't just a classic kung-fu film. The centipede, snake, lizard, scorpion and toad are the classic deadly animals of Chinese folklore. Indonesian mythology holds similar...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th April 2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,049
Posted By josh stout
Below are are quotes taken from Peter's Mandarin...

Below are are quotes taken from Peter's Mandarin Mansion site. The dadao was specifically made with the warfare of the 20th century in mind. It is designed to be effective against unarmored...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd March 2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By josh stout
Finally got around to it. As you can see, it...

Finally got around to it.

As you can see, it is a wide bladed militia weapon. It has a feel like an oxtail dao, and a shape similar to some versions of the much heavier dadao.

It is interesting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd February 2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By josh stout
Thank you all so much! A dated Chinese saber...

Thank you all so much! A dated Chinese saber from a specific region is wonderful to find. I have been looking at it for years, and finally got around to posting it.

:)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd February 2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By josh stout
Thanks so much for your help. These might be...

Thanks so much for your help. These might be better photos.

I have not succeeded yet with rubbings, but have manipulated the photos as best I can. If possible, please translate the lower character...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By josh stout
So the second picture down with the black lacquer...

So the second picture down with the black lacquer and the two characters says "Da Qing", (i.e. "The Great Qing"). The two characters in the picture above that should give the emperor's name. Could...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Posted By josh stout
Chinese translation help cutlass length saber

These are closeups from the cutlass length saber I posted. Please help with translation if possible. I think the characters give a reign mark, but unfortunately they were lacquered over, and are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th February 2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,105
Posted By josh stout
Philip- As always, thanks for your informative...

Philip- As always, thanks for your informative reply.

I am posting another with a very similar profile, but without the European influenced handle. The blade of the second example is slightly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,681
Posted By josh stout
I think Kai was making the point, that if the...

I think Kai was making the point, that if the blade had three layers in a sandwich form (san mai), then it is possible that the blade was reshaped. Any configuration would show different steel at the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th February 2020, 01:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,105
Posted By josh stout
Chinese cutlass

I was inspired by the recent post of what is probably not a Chinese cutlass to go looking for one that is definitely Chinese. It is interesting to note the clear Western influence on the guard, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th April 2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
Posted By josh stout
Yes, I agonized over this. As a Chinese sword it...

Yes, I agonized over this. As a Chinese sword it is not very exciting, but as a Korean sword it is quite interesting. In terms of design characteristics it fits everything for a Korean sword, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
Posted By josh stout
So you think it is a bad Chinese copy of a...

So you think it is a bad Chinese copy of a Japanese blade? It is certainly not the best workmanship I have ever seen. If it were better, I would have bid higher.

An argument against it being...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
Posted By josh stout
More pics.

More pics.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,164
Posted By josh stout
Chinese or Korean dao

This is an ornate cloisonne dao that at first glance looks like a mediocre Chinese copy of a Japanese sword, made for show.

Close inspection of the blade shows what looks like an inserted edge and a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,690
Posted By josh stout
The decoration on the blade definitely says...

The decoration on the blade definitely says Vietnamese, and the rest of the construction is consistent with that, but the scabbard is a mystery.

Did they come from the same place, or are they just...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd February 2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,912
Posted By josh stout
That is an amazing bronze, and I am glad to know...

That is an amazing bronze, and I am glad to know its provenance, because I assume every one I see is a modern fake. The patina is a wonderful blue green, and does indeed seem to have fabric...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th October 2018, 03:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,603
Posted By josh stout
Sorry, it was just something a Chinese collector...

Sorry, it was just something a Chinese collector friend told me. I showed him a set of short shuang jian, just as you are describing with the tortoise shell. I had thought it a particularly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd October 2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,603
Posted By josh stout
Interesting thought on the Vietnamese origin. I...

Interesting thought on the Vietnamese origin. I have not seen examples, so it is a good tidbit.

Village made double knives/swords frequently show solid riveted construction, while I have seen...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th October 2018, 01:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,603
Posted By josh stout
This was a one of a set of double fighting...

This was a one of a set of double fighting knives. Not for cutting paper.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,357
Posted By josh stout
On another look, I am slightly suspicious of the...

On another look, I am slightly suspicious of the globs sitting on top of the gold. Is it trying to look like truly ancient encrusted mineral deposits? That is not a good sign. I don't think it is...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,357
Posted By josh stout
it's one of those "if genuine"...

it's one of those "if genuine" situations, but Qing figurines like this can be quite valuable.

I can't tell its age by looking at the pictures, nevertheless, I don't see anything wrong with it. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 16th October 2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,510
Posted By josh stout
It doesn't have the feel of something 18thc or...

It doesn't have the feel of something 18thc or earlier, and I agree that the felt looks much later. I think it is a 19thc copy of an earlier style. Still, it is very nicely carved, much better than...
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