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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th July 2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Ian
Hi Miguel: Interesting barung. I agree with...

Hi Miguel:

Interesting barung. I agree with Sajen, probably second half of 20th C. The clipped point may have been an alteration to remove a forging flaw. There are other flaws showing as "gaps" in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd July 2017, 01:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 697
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Charles, when I first looked at the pics I...

Charles, when I first looked at the pics I thought, like you, that there may be an Indian influence. That, in turn, made me think of Singapore where there is a large Indian ex-pat population (almost...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st June 2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By Ian
Exclamation Moderator's Note

I have merged these two threads to keep the discussion intact.

Ian
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By Ian
Charles, I think the fact that the metal is such...

Charles,

I think the fact that the metal is such poor quality means, paradoxically, that it is pretty old.

Most of the older examples that come on the market are from the 19th C. and originally...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles: Very nice example of an unusual...

Hi Charles:

Very nice example of an unusual style of Naga dao. I think this is likely to be a 19th C. piece. Rawson* made the observation that the Naga were an "iron-poor" group and resorted to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2017, 03:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
Ron, we could take this further and perhaps with...

Ron, we could take this further and perhaps with a clearer answer. If a Japanese swordsmith created a katana in, say, Thailand, would it still be a Japanese katana or would it be a version of a Thai...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
Detlef: As I noted in my initial response,...

Detlef:

As I noted in my initial response, Cato describes the shape of the "mouth" of the elephant on Lee's kris as being Maranao in origin (see B in attached pic from Cato). I agree that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
I agree Jose. This is a commonly observed type of...

I agree Jose. This is a commonly observed type of pommel that I associate with Maguindanao/Maranao kris from the late 19th C and more recently. I have also seen it imitated on a couple of Lumad kris...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,721
Posted By Ian
Miguel: Apologies for jumping in here, but...

Miguel:

Apologies for jumping in here, but please do not use HCl. Others may have a better experience than I have, but I think HCl is dangerous to use on weapons. Hydrochloric acid (a.k.a. muriatic...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick, Do you think this is a Malay kris? Can...

Hi Rick,

Do you think this is a Malay kris? Can you amplify?

The hilt looks typical Maranao work, especially with the crenalated metal ring just below the pommel, while the "elephant trunk area"...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
Lee, Thanks for the cross-cultural reference and...

Lee,

Thanks for the cross-cultural reference and historical perspective on pattern welded and laminated blades. Interesting comparisons indeed.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2017, 07:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 943
Posted By Ian
Hi Lee: What a lovely kris and I really like...

Hi Lee:

What a lovely kris and I really like the complex twist core pattern on the blade.

If we believe Cato, then this appears to be a Maranao kris (based on the elephant trunk area). The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2017, 12:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Ian
Very nice example Robert and again some good...

Very nice example Robert and again some good repair work on your part. These are very uncommon and difficult to find. I have only owned one and it was stolen in a break-in during the 1990s. Been...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
David, In response to your questions, I...

David,

In response to your questions, I think we can say:NO--this does not look like authentic Moro work, and
NO--the motifs are mostly not correct for Moro okir, and
YES--it largely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
I agree with Detlef. These interpretations of...

I agree with Detlef.

These interpretations of Moro work shown by alexish are not typical of recent Moro items coming from Mindanao, and are clearly distinct from more traditional Moro styles.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
Alexish: These pics are too small to make out...

Alexish:

These pics are too small to make out any of the details. Can you post them again in larger format. Perhaps a new thread might be appropriate for that discussion.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2017, 02:31 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
What we see online is not a fair representation...

What we see online is not a fair representation of the Moro kris that have been created over the last several hundred years.

The kris from the Sulu Archipelago are likely to be under represented...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2017, 04:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By Ian
I agree with Battara. It is hard to know what the...

I agree with Battara. It is hard to know what the man in the middle is holding.

All three of these men could be Ilongot. The caption at the bottom of the picture also refers to the Ilongot.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th June 2017, 03:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
Alexish: The pictures you posted in #9 and...

Alexish:

The pictures you posted in #9 and #10 of this thread were not present when I made my initial reply in #12. Perhaps they were still in the Moderation queue at the time I posted.

As...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2017, 10:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ian
Hi Alexish: Several people have noted that...

Hi Alexish:

Several people have noted that these are not decorated in the traditional Moro manner. However, I like the carving. Although somewhat "over-embellished" on a couple, at least for my...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2017, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By Ian
Dizos, I should have also added that the...

Dizos,

I should have also added that the scabbard is not entirely Burmese, which would have had a cord baldric wrapped around the throat. The scalloped fittings on the scabbard suggest a Chinese...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By Ian
You have a Burmese dha probably from the second...

You have a Burmese dha probably from the second half of the 19th C or early 20th C. The koftgari work at forte, the widely fullered blade, and the tripartite hilt are typical Burmese work of that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By Ian
Thanks for the additional information Charles....

Thanks for the additional information Charles. The possible forward extension of the hardened edge seemed to be obscured by the glare in the original photo. I did not realize that the hardening...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 612
Posted By Ian
Hi Charles: Very nice example. Bangkung do...

Hi Charles:

Very nice example. Bangkung do come in a variety of sizes and Cato makes the point that many of the less common Moro weapons were derived from tools originally designed for chopping...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2017, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Ian
Hi Maharlika: Welcome to the forum. With...

Hi Maharlika:

Welcome to the forum.

With regard to the ginunting that you show, it is really hard to assess its size because there is no scale for comparison. Also, the camera angle may be...
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