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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th July 2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By motan
Hi Stu, Is the hole in the copper spout round and...

Hi Stu,
Is the hole in the copper spout round and clean, like a gun barrel?
Is it possible that you could open and close the powder flow by turning the copper spout?
I agree with Rick that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th July 2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By motan
Hi, This blade is made from a metal file. Some...

Hi,
This blade is made from a metal file. Some people look down on that, but in remote areas, this steel (together with steel from taken from old weapons) was simply the best steel available. I think...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd July 2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 319
Posted By motan
Hi, I must agree with Battara and Ian on this. It...

Hi,
I must agree with Battara and Ian on this. It is made for the tourist market, probably in Damascus, Syria. There used to be a lively scene of production of many types of bazar items there,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 879
Posted By motan
Hi Hombre, Nice lot you have there. I like the...

Hi Hombre,

Nice lot you have there. I like the Ngulu sword. Don't know much about them, but it looks great and authentic.

I like the other group too. All typical and good pieces. As for the exact...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th April 2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Posted By motan
Hi Hombre, I can only agree with the rest....

Hi Hombre,
I can only agree with the rest. Typical and very good Turkish scabbard and 19th c. The style is somewhat mixed because cap on the pommel was usually done in Iraq.
Just for comparison, I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,199
Posted By motan
Hi Francantolin, To me, it does not look...

Hi Francantolin,
To me, it does not look Caucasian nor Turkish. In my view this is either Syrian Kurdish or from Iraq, very close to Syria. I say this because of the shape of the hilt and the blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th March 2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,220
Posted By motan
Hi drabant1701, Since I consider kubur much more...

Hi drabant1701,

Since I consider kubur much more knowledgeable than myself, you should trust his judgement on this better than mine.
Whenever I see a very old piece in great condition, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th March 2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,220
Posted By motan
Great dagger. Absolutely beautiful wootz. The...

Great dagger. Absolutely beautiful wootz. The scabbard and general shape look Eastern Turkish, Kurdish influenced.
There is one thing I have to add though. As you said yourself, it might have been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th March 2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By motan
Hi Geoffrey, As Kubur wrote, this is a Syrian...

Hi Geoffrey,
As Kubur wrote, this is a Syrian dagger from the type Majdali or Magdali type, named after the Druze village of Majdal Shams on Jabal al Sheikh, or mount Hermon.
A very nice example. I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,272
Posted By motan
Hi Roland, I am certainly not and expert and have...

Hi Roland,
I am certainly not and expert and have never seen such sword outside this forum, but I do have some ideas. Persian shamshirs are chiefly a cavalry weapon, and I think this is the main...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th January 2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 784
Posted By motan
Hi hombre, I am not sure you should call your...

Hi hombre,
I am not sure you should call your koummyas "tourist pieces". I would call them "village type" because I have seen many of this type that have been actually carried, as you can usually see...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th January 2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By motan
Hi Ian, It dagger is almost certainly Lebanese....

Hi Ian,
It dagger is almost certainly Lebanese. The general type could be either Syrian or Lebanese (not Jordanian), This type of scabbard is common in both (see pic 1). However, this shape of pommel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd January 2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By motan
Hi, I am no expert, so no new information here,...

Hi, I am no expert, so no new information here, but it is a very beautiful piece. It looks like it has decent age, but it is still in great condition. Almost all the old ones have some damage or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By motan
Question Hello, No definitive answer. There is a huge...

Hello,
No definitive answer. There is a huge variety of similar Syrian daggers, all metal, rather poor quality koftgari work and mediocre to poor blades, mostly made for the souvenir market (see...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
Thank you A.G.Maisey for the comprehensive review...

Thank you A.G.Maisey for the comprehensive review and I would not think of saying anything against it. I mean that seriously and without (iron)y.
It actually supports most of the points I have made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th December 2017, 06:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
Hi David, I don"t want this to become too...

Hi David, I don"t want this to become too lengthy, but still..
Diplomatic relation between Hatti and Egypt certainly existed around that time. Suppiluliuma I, the contemporary Hittite king, wanted to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2017, 09:39 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
Sorry David, you are right, of course. I, like...

Sorry David, you are right, of course. I, like some others here, have mixed up my pharaohs. The treaty was signed in Ramses II's time, about 60-80 years later than Tutankhamun's reign. You got me...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th December 2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
More afterthoughts

I really don't know anything about forging, but I do have some afterthoughts..
On one hand, the Hittites had both iron and diplomatic relationship with the Egypt (truce was signed during Tut's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th December 2017, 05:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
To A.G. Maisey

I am aware of development of metal working from the Chalcolithic through to the iron age in general lines. I do not know whether forging was used also as part of bronze working.
Most bronze objects...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th December 2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,072
Posted By motan
Hi all, A nice thread with many learned comments....

Hi all,
A nice thread with many learned comments. The use of meteorite iron in pre-iron age cultures is not new and has been known for decades from Syria, Asia Minor, China and pre-Colombian America....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 549
Posted By motan
Hi Ian, I agree with kubur. I think that this has...

Hi Ian,
I agree with kubur. I think that this has "made in Syria" written on it, even though I have no real evidence supporting this.
Kindjal/straight dagger variations is a favorite theme in Syria...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By motan
Hi OsobistGB, I can't really help you much with...

Hi OsobistGB,

I can't really help you much with this dagger, only share some thoughts.
First, this is NOT a standard military issue dagger because theses are highly...standartized=all look the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th November 2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,042
Posted By motan
Hi, Although the scabbard indeed looks Syrian,...

Hi,
Although the scabbard indeed looks Syrian, the dagger is from Ethiopia, or at least that is what I read. Of course I can not say it is not from Somalia or even Erythrea. It does looks quite new....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st October 2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,023
Posted By motan
Hi kronckew, Good article. Thanks. It also...

Hi kronckew,
Good article. Thanks. It also answers Jens' question. Bronze axes and other artefacts came to Luristan by cultural diffusion from areas to the west such as the Levant, Mesopotamia and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th October 2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,023
Posted By motan
Hi Battara, I agree with you. Most chances that...

Hi Battara,
I agree with you. Most chances that both are copies, but the first one is a much better copy. Could also be real, who knows?
Copper and broze casting is relatively easy technique that can...
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