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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 09:16 PM
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Posted By Jim McDougall
Oliver thank you so much for giving us this...

Oliver thank you so much for giving us this translation from the shamshir blade I posted, which is presently being discussed as well on the concurrent thread 'shamshir translation'. It is interesting...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th December 2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thanks Ed! and great input on the Sudanese...

Thanks Ed! and great input on the Sudanese aspects of the talismanic elements in the motif on these swords. The folk religion and superstitions are often melded together with Islamic invocations etc....
Forum: European Armoury 10th December 2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 285
Posted By Jim McDougall
Fabrice, if I may say so, I will tell you that...

Fabrice, if I may say so, I will tell you that your stubbornness and tenacity in not accepting everything presented is the mark of a true researcher, and I admire your approach. Actually it is not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Amazing you guys!!! These entries carry perfectly...

Amazing you guys!!!
These entries carry perfectly what I was trying to say. These entries could not say it better. The 'license' employed in these artworks and embellishment in these accounts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
What I meant regarding discharging cannon from...

What I meant regarding discharging cannon from the back of the elephant was aimed toward the artists creating these miniatures which depict elephants wielding swords in their trunks, tusk swords and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted..............elephants carrying...

Well noted..............elephants carrying ordnance such as cannon, rockets were extremely well suited for carrying this equipment.........however as far as I have known these were of course not...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually I think the term monsters perhaps is a...

Actually I think the term monsters perhaps is a sedgeway from the common practice in many references describing figures such as makara and yali on weaponry in India and other associated regions as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 05:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By Jim McDougall
Talismanic Devices and Inbuements on Islamic Arms

In two recent threads, one on Shamshir markings and the other on Arab spears, certain elements of markings found on them were interesting as they suggested talismanic properties which would be an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 02:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,168
Posted By Jim McDougall
Most interesting entry of the numeric five and...

Most interesting entry of the numeric five and the Hand of Fatima, which is an apotropaic defense against the evil eye. Clearly there are numerous devices and motif on weaponry which corresponds to...
Forum: European Armoury 8th December 2018, 01:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,538
Posted By Jim McDougall
In my opinion this example is most likely native...

In my opinion this example is most likely native made as these crossed line motifs are it seems a commonly seen motif on various material culture in tribal regions. I don't think the size to be worn...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 11:37 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree the artist here in the miniature shown by...

I agree the artist here in the miniature shown by Mahratt (post 42) clearly has employed certain license in the portrayal of mythological figures and the image of a sword in the elephants trunk...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you Ron! Not only good to see interest in...

Thank you Ron! Not only good to see interest in the Ethiopian swords out there but to see you enter in. You were always my primary source for reliable data on Ethiopian weapons, and I still have the...
Forum: European Armoury 7th December 2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 285
Posted By Jim McDougall
...

http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=12612

Agree totally with MacCathain , this is a British constabulary hanger which is probably from 1880s. The book title listed in the linked thread...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 803
Posted By Jim McDougall
Thank you very much for the kind words Ibrahiim,...

Thank you very much for the kind words Ibrahiim, much appreciated. I do have an accumulation of books indeed (my wife and this poor groaning RV will attest) but of course never as many as I wish....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Well noted on the 'weakly' but embellished pair...

Well noted on the 'weakly' but embellished pair from Mysore, as shown and described by Richardson (1999), which were apparently vestigial examples reflecting the heritage of the 'war elephant'....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 04:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By Jim McDougall
I saw the Wiki entry also, actually got the note...

I saw the Wiki entry also, actually got the note about the 18th c. reference using the term shotel for a carving knife. In this Wiki entry they state that the shotel dates back to these ancient...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 01:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By Jim McDougall
Actually I appear to have made compound errors...

Actually I appear to have made compound errors here, and somehow I misread the correct period for George V.....who reigned as noted 1910-1936.,,so thank you Dave F.


As Stu has noted, Wilkinson...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2018, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 596
Posted By Jim McDougall
From the Isle of Mann!!!!! Now that's an unusual...

From the Isle of Mann!!!!! Now that's an unusual neighborhood for this to be in.
This has every appearance of a Rajput weapon in my thinking, the canted stem very much as often found on the Khanda...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
In accord with Jens' 'perspective': From...

In accord with Jens' 'perspective':
From "Islamic Swords and Swordsmiths" ( Unsal Yucel, Istanbul, 2001, pp.10-11);

"...the problem of preservation was further exacerbated by the fact that five...
Forum: European Armoury 5th December 2018, 04:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 678
Posted By Jim McDougall
Jose!!! This is an absolutely phenomenal dirk!!...

Jose!!! This is an absolutely phenomenal dirk!! and my Highland blood is raging with envy:)
I have been going through resources for hours and I feel confident this example is much as you have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2018, 02:38 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Good observation Shayde! Actually the pata...

Good observation Shayde!

Actually the pata evolved from the hooded/gauntlet hilt katars of Vijayanagara in 16th century, and ironically Elgood (Hindu Arms and Ritual", 2004, p.257)notes that in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th December 2018, 02:24 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
Looking further into this, regarding the...

Looking further into this, regarding the interesting example shown here now in the Royal Armouries and the subject of the article by Thom Richardson (op.cit. 1999, p.133) it does appear these were to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By Jim McDougall
Welcome to the forum! You came to the right...

Welcome to the forum!
You came to the right place! most of the entries online often end up bringing the queries here at one point or another.

These two swords (very nice BTW) are indeed Ethiopian....
Forum: European Armoury 4th December 2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Jim McDougall
I agree, fascinating insight into the...

I agree, fascinating insight into the metallurgical aspects of these blades, thank you Wayne!!! While I have always studied the history of these, this surely adds great dimension.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,975
Posted By Jim McDougall
This is a good point......just how much fantasy...

This is a good point......just how much fantasy or hubris laden license is included in the art depicting events and battles of hundreds of years before?
We know that many famous artworks depicting...
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