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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 31st October 2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By ALEX
Thank you, Rick. This is it. I looked up 'Barong...

Thank you, Rick. This is it. I looked up 'Barong and Keris dance' online and it is strikingly similar depiction. I'll try to post photo of the statue, but am almost certain this is what it depicts,...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 31st October 2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By ALEX
I do not have a photo yet. Besides, if one does...

I do not have a photo yet. Besides, if one does not know about a Keris being historically used in certain ritual... would a photo enlighten?
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 30th October 2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By ALEX
A Japanese Performing HaraKiri (Seppuku).. with the Keris

I saw a carved wooden statue of Japanese bearded man wearing only a short folded loincloth around his hips and performing what seems to be HaraKiri, with the Keris, into his right side of the chest...
Forum: European Armoury 3rd October 2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 513
Posted By ALEX
The mark on the first image resembles a Tatar...

The mark on the first image resembles a Tatar tamga, but more probable references can be found in THIS POST (http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=9889&highlight=tamga)
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 22nd September 2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By ALEX
You may Google for: siam ceremonial spoon You'll...

You may Google for: siam ceremonial spoon
You'll see some similar. Also, see THIS LINK (http://spoonplanet.com/siamceremony.html)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By ALEX
Nice close-up. Looks like it was gilded copper...

Nice close-up. Looks like it was gilded copper kundan. The exposed carving on the ridge looks clean, even and uniform, almost as machine made., does not look 19thC work.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By ALEX
Yes, it is certainly Indian dagger, not Japanese...

Yes, it is certainly Indian dagger, not Japanese in neither style nor influence. But was it (entirely) made in India? Is it original... or Mughal style dagger made elsewhere like in Japan, China,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st September 2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By ALEX
Considering a combination of an item and...

Considering a combination of an item and provenance, not history alone, is a proper approach. This particular item calls into question the story as a whole. Firstly, it is an Indian Mughal style, but...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st September 2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By ALEX
Based on a character, I think Thailand/Siam.

Based on a character, I think Thailand/Siam.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th September 2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,322
Posted By ALEX
Post Its a nice Indian Mughal style dagger. Copper...

Its a nice Indian Mughal style dagger. Copper kundan is known to be used instead of traditional gold. Jens is an expert in the field, and also has a fine copper kundan dagger, and perhaps will...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st September 2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,223
Posted By ALEX
Marius is correct. Damascus means any pattern,...

Marius is correct. Damascus means any pattern, and further categorizes into mechanical (pattern welded) and true/Oriental (crucible/wootz). Even artificially induced pattern such as acid etch is also...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st August 2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,223
Posted By ALEX
Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment....

Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment. This is European hunting sword, I'd say German (based on the pattern) or French (based on handle design). Certainly at least 19thC. The blade is of...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By ALEX
Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment....

Tatyana, I agree with your initial assessment. This is European hunting sword, I'd say German (based on the pattern) or French (based on handle design). Certainly at least 19thC. The blade is of...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 935
Posted By ALEX
Agree with Kai. Sham and shear steel can be very...

Agree with Kai. Sham and shear steel can be very close in appearance. This one appears to be shear steel, of European origin.
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 555
Posted By ALEX
Sorry for potential disappointment. This is very...

Sorry for potential disappointment. This is very suspicious item that is likely a recent copy. Are there any authentic examples of such daggers, or is is made-up fantasy type? There are some...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st August 2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 329
Posted By ALEX
Thai / Siamese Cartouche on Songkran Bowl - Translation Request

Here is Thai bowl probably for use in Songkran water festivals. There's cartouche on the bottom in Thai/Siam. Can anyone read it? Many thanks in advance.
Forum: Swap Forum 2nd August 2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 507
Posted By ALEX
A NEW BOOK by KIRILL RIVKIN - A Study of the Eastern Sword

A new book by Kirill Rivkin "A Study of the Eastern Sword" was published on July 26th and is available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/153234001X

Another epic work by Kirill that will surely...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th July 2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, You're right. Not a Russian painting. It...

Ariel, You're right. Not a Russian painting. It is Italian, mid 15th Century by Sano di Pietro (Siena, Italy 1405-1481): Beheading of St John the Baptist.
Here's another of his works showing straight...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th July 2017, 04:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
Personally, I'd not doubt the author's intent as...

Personally, I'd not doubt the author's intent as the painting is of superior quality and execution overall. It was done by a master iconographer who was capable of drawing a straight line, and I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th July 2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
Ariel, there are also 2 examples in the...

Ariel, there are also 2 examples in the Astvatsatryan "Caucasian Arms" book, from the 15thC Russland. Their "bayonet-like" tips are not recurved as in the painting... the later example from the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2017, 10:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
The earlier ones, around 15th Century, had sharp...

The earlier ones, around 15th Century, had sharp narrow tips with very shallow recurve. Unlike short Pesh Kabz of 18th-19thC they are not reinforced and not designed for armor piercing (generally,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2017, 10:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
In the link, scroll down to post number 12, 4th...

In the link, scroll down to post number 12, 4th image. Similarly shaped recurved blade. The painting is a bit stylized but the curve matches. 16th Century also matches this blade type period.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th July 2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,307
Posted By ALEX
Please see the below link - post 12, image...

Please see the below link - post 12, image 4.
This is early shamshir-like blade form, later seen on Russian and Caucasian swords. There are several in Hermitage and Topkapi collections....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,363
Posted By ALEX
Good point. It is small(er) but functional. Here...

Good point. It is small(er) but functional. Here it is next to a regular size shibriya.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,363
Posted By ALEX
Thank you Jens and Motan for your thoughts Very...

Thank you Jens and Motan for your thoughts
Very interesting observations. I also do not recall seeing similar Shibriya, and also agree with Motan that this one appears to be genuine and real one,...
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