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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 10:40 PM
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Posted By ariel
Re: image of trunk sword in Moser 1912. I have...

Re: image of trunk sword in Moser 1912.
I have 1925 and 1955 editions: nothing there.

Anybody here has 1912 edition ?

I also went through a Russian book by K.S. Nosov “ Traditional weapons of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:53 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Not only this elephant carries a stone fort with...

Not only this elephant carries a stone fort with 4 cannons on his back, but he also emits fire and brimstone from his trunk. That’s what I call irrefutable evidentiary value of iconography :-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 01:36 AM
Replies: 73
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Posted By ariel
I have to make an admission: I like Wikipedia (...

I have to make an admission: I like Wikipedia ( some snobbish dog whistles notwithstanding:-))).
Most articles were written by people who carefully researched the subjects and supported them by...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th December 2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Very astute comment, Jim. Iconographic material...

Very astute comment, Jim.
Iconographic material of “armed” elephants is extremely rare and some of it is clearly fantasy driven ( fight with monsters). Its evidentiary value is quite uncertain...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
As a matter of fact, the original tusk sword...

As a matter of fact, the original tusk sword shown here by Jens may reasonably well be called a scythe or plow iron.
What one needs for that is just some curvature or angling of the blade....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th December 2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
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Posted By ariel
According to local lore, Zaman Isfaghani was...

According to local lore, Zaman Isfaghani was Assadulla’s pupil.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th December 2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
I am reasonably OK with the idea of tusk swords,...

I am reasonably OK with the idea of tusk swords, provided they were just extensions of the tusk: they would improve on the penetrating ability of the tusk and at the same time would protect the tips...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2018, 03:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By ariel
Regretfully, poor descriptions are going the way...

Regretfully, poor descriptions are going the way of Dodo:-((((

Sellers use e-bay and Google images for information more and more..... inconsiderate bastards!
The Fat Fingers ( a tool for finding...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th December 2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Jim, Tusk swords ceased to be used quite some...

Jim,
Tusk swords ceased to be used quite some time ago and, just like all very old things that outlived their purpose, they are unquestionably rare. The two examples you refer to are in European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Agree. These two examples introduce a mild...

Agree.

These two examples introduce a mild doubt in the veracity of Nikitin’s and Velho’s descriptions of elephant swords. But, as I said, stranger things were happening in India.

The use of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2018, 03:07 PM
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Posted By ariel
That’s exactly what I was talking about: a tribal...

That’s exactly what I was talking about: a tribal fighter with a weapon made from the only material available to him. This is a perfectly genuine and legitimate example well deserving careful...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Yes, that is what I was talking about: a single ...

Yes, that is what I was talking about: a single stabbing thingie on each tusk.

African ivory might have been stronger for making sword handles, but regretfully to have stronger ivory of a battle...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Jens, I fully agree. Afanasij Nikitin was a...

Jens,

I fully agree.

Afanasij Nikitin was a trader from Tver and, like all traders,was likely to exaggerate the weight of things he was trying to “sell”, be it at the market or recollection of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd December 2018, 05:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,190
Posted By ariel
Max Fasner’s dictionary: “ According to...

Max Fasner’s dictionary: “ According to Prokopius, Kentar equaled 100 liters, and from the end of XVI century to 2 1/2 poods. A.K.Kazambek defines kentar as a unit of weight between 1 1/2 to 10 1/2...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st December 2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 498
Posted By ariel
It is unlikely to be Kirach: those are single...

It is unlikely to be Kirach: those are single edged and usually ( here I am cautious) have a sharp point.

Firangi by definition use European blades , but there is too much rust to see any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th November 2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,078
Posted By ariel
Tekelu has nothing to do with Hebrew “shekel”: it...

Tekelu has nothing to do with Hebrew “shekel”: it signifies either belonging to a Central Asian Teke tribe ( currently in Turkmenistan/Afghanistan) or just a geographical descent from South Anatolia,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,405
Posted By ariel
Philip, You are a hard man to convince:-) In my...

Philip,
You are a hard man to convince:-)

In my defense I can mention David Nicolle’s books, Indonesian and Indian temple statues, Persian and Indian miniatures, Khudiakov’s books on South Siberian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,405
Posted By ariel
Folks and Philip in particular: I understand that...

Folks and Philip in particular:
I understand that actual dated examples are significantly more reliable than primitive drawings. But when the same feature appears in more than one quality image, the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd November 2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By ariel
Then do not touch them! Shiny brass is vulgar,...

Then do not touch them!

Shiny brass is vulgar, your patinated one is old, mellow and classy.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 923
Posted By ariel
Algerians surgically removed their middle fingers...

Algerians surgically removed their middle fingers at 13 yo, at the same time with circumcision.
First, it eliminated interference with gripping the handle of their Khodmis,
and second, it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd November 2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 609
Posted By ariel
Would not be surprised to see wootz blade. ...

Would not be surprised to see wootz blade. Pattern-welded at the very least. Etching a small window will give an answer, but it would be an easy task: no rusting, no pitting. Not sure about the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By ariel
Sad news

Several days ago Dr. Emma Astvatsaturyan, a pioneer of academic research of Caucasian weapons, passed away.

Her magisterial book “ Weapons of Caucasian nations” was published in 3 editions, she...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By ariel
I think Fernando’s inversion of the axe head is...

I think Fernando’s inversion of the axe head is correct.
The butts of Indian axes very often carried an element representing some kind of living creature, just like here
IMHO it is from India.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th November 2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
Kubur, Nowhere did I claim that there was no...

Kubur,

Nowhere did I claim that there was no such thing as Coorg people.
I thought I was clear to state that the very word Coorg is an anglicised mis- pronounciation of the original Indian name: no...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th November 2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 548
Posted By ariel
AFAIK, Ayda ( Ayudha) Katti is a Hindu weapon,...

AFAIK,
Ayda ( Ayudha) Katti is a Hindu weapon, whereas Mopla is just a variant of
Anglicised pronounciation or transliteration of Mappila, a Muslim ethnicity in virtually the same neighborhood,...
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