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Old 17th August 2018, 12:55 AM   #1
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Default Crossbow for identification

I know very little about crossbows. I've been meaning to post this for a while, now...it looks possible SE Asian, to me. Heavy, dense wood. Solid construction. For scale, the tiles are 12"x12".

I appreciate any feedback/insights.

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Old 17th August 2018, 08:48 AM   #2
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Maybe it's a crossbow from Burma? Although very similar are in Vietnam and Cambodia.
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Old 17th August 2018, 08:51 AM   #3
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Agree with Mahratt, it will be a crossbow from mainland South-East-Asia.

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Old 18th August 2018, 03:48 AM   #4
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Thank you, both!
The individual in the photo...is he Burmese, Vietnamese, Cambodian?
Also, the knife in his belt, is that a dha?
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Old 18th August 2018, 05:53 AM   #5
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Thank you, both!
The individual in the photo...is he Burmese, Vietnamese, Cambodian?
Also, the knife in his belt, is that a dha?


The individual in the photo - is he Burmese.

This photo was taken by Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt. Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt - was a German anthropologist. From 1937 to 1939 he went to the Asian expedition, which led him to India, China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.
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Old 18th August 2018, 06:44 AM   #6
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Thank you, both!
The individual in the photo...is he Burmese, Vietnamese, Cambodian?
Also, the knife in his belt, is that a dha?

The knife is likely a Dha perhaps with Yunnan influence as it has a disk guard, rather than the guardless hilt of most Dha.
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Central Vietnam. "Tribus Mois" - "Moi tribe" (posible Highland Khmers)
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The subject of this post is a Montagnard crossbow. The Montagnard comprise numerous upland tribal groups and are found in Laos, Central Vietnam and Cambodia. The lowland Vietnamese referred to them as moi, a derogatory term for "savages." The crossbow was used mainly for hunting small animals and birds.

Many of the daab used by the Montagnard have hilts that are unusually long (sometimes equaling the length of the blade). The example worn by the owner of the crossbow in the original post here is not of this type and reflects, I think, Chinese influence from Yunnan (as noted already). The baggy trousers worn by this hunter are also more in line with Chinese wear than the traditional Montagnard loin cloth, as seen in the picture posted later in this thread by Ren Ren.

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Old 25th August 2018, 03:13 PM   #9
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Thank you, Gents!
Very helpful information, and the pics are appreciated bonuses.
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