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Old 27th January 2012, 04:46 PM   #1
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Question Whistlinbill's Collection #4: African

And an assortment of African items for perusal and comment:
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Old 27th January 2012, 04:50 PM   #2
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AF4 is a rice cutter; most likely not African .
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Old 29th January 2012, 03:19 AM   #3
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Another Rice cutter for comparison. SE Asian I believe.
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Old 29th January 2012, 03:38 AM   #4
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AF3 IS A SONGYE AX, APPEARS TO BE COVERED WITH MONITOR LIZZARD SKIN. HAS ONE FACE WORKED INTO THE BLADE ON THE SIDE IN THE PICTURE. NICE FORM.
I AGREE RICE CUTTER LIKELY FROM THE AREA OF VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, THAILAND, LAOS ECT.
AF2 HAS NILLO WORK LIKE I HAVE SEEN IN MOROCCO ON THE BLADE SO IT MAY BE FROM THAT AREA.?
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Old 29th January 2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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Salaams ~ The wavy blade. It looks Indian possibly Bidri. Is this gazzelle horn a replacement hilt?

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Old 29th January 2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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Hello, Ibraham!
I don't think the horn is a replacement--it looked OK when I bought it, and
I looked pretty hard at it then! (But, to tell the truth, I do have a little chamber of horrors down in my basement--things I shouldn't have bought, that I thought they were something other than what they were--that keeps me humble....)
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Old 30th January 2012, 06:27 PM   #7
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and the next group...
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Old 31st January 2012, 03:31 PM   #8
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Hello, Ibraham!
I don't think the horn is a replacement--it looked OK when I bought it, and
I looked pretty hard at it then! (But, to tell the truth, I do have a little chamber of horrors down in my basement--things I shouldn't have bought, that I thought they were something other than what they were--that keeps me humble....)
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Salaams Bill I am surprised that you can get into your basement ! Its full of weapons !!!
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Old 2nd February 2012, 02:25 PM   #9
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Old 2nd February 2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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Hi Bill, I'd be interested in knowing over what time period did you accumulate all this gorgeous stuff ?

How long ago ?
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Old 5th February 2012, 09:15 PM   #11
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Rick, I started around 1978 or so, and just sort of continued. I did buy a couple collections of (mostly) West Coast African along the way, but most of the things came along at gun shows--maybe one or two per show. Went to
a lot of shows in those old days....
And, since there was little in print on identification, practically none of us
knew what we were looking at! That worked both ways--for the buyer,
the purchase was mostly blind ("Is that thing in Stone?"). And for the seller,
the buyers for unidentified ethnic arms were lots scarcer than, say buyers
of Bowie knives or German military rifles (both of which I collected, at one
time or another.)
It helped quite a lot to have a partner (Hank Reinhardt) who had studied
ancient arms AND ethnographic arms. I think Hank knew every medieval sword in the world by its first name!
Hank and I sold our business (reproduction medieval swords, renaissance swords, etc.) at the end of 1995, and I picked up very little in the way of arms in this field after then.
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Old 6th February 2012, 02:31 AM   #12
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Thank you for the background Bill; those must have been heady days indeed .
I didn't start in earnest until the mid '90's .
Lucky dog, you ...

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Old 16th February 2012, 11:12 PM   #13
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AF16 is my favourite. It is attributed to the Shankilla tribes, a hunter-gathered group that lives in eastern Sudan and western Ethiopia. Lovely examples. I love all the african blades and their creativity. Very difficult to establish the age. Thanks to share
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Old 17th February 2012, 04:37 AM   #14
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AFRICA IS NOT MY STRONG AREA BUT I CAN IDENTIFY A FEW AS NO ONE MORE KNOWLEGABLE HAS IDENTIFIED THEM ALL YET.
AF9 AND AF14 ARE NAGALA SWORDS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS EXECUTIONERS SWORDS.
AF6 AND AF10 ARE POTO SWORDS AF6 STILL HAS THE CAT SKIN FETISH BALL ON THE POMMEL, LOOKS ORIGINAL
AF7 TRADITIONAL MASAI SEMI

I INCLUDE A PICTURE OF A NAGALA EXECUTION. NOTE THE HEAD IS IN A BASKET ATTACHED TO A SMALL TREE. WHEN THE HEAD IS CUT OFF THE TREE SPRINGS UP AND THROWS THE HEAD THRU THE AIR. UNFORTUNATELY I DON'T KNOW THE REASONS BEHIND THIS PERHAPS TO GET RID OF VENGFUL SPIRITS?? ALSO NOTE THEY HAVE THE FULL BAND AND DANCE TROOP FOR THE PERFORMANCE SO PERHAPS THEY JUST DID IT THIS WAY FOR FUN.??
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Old 17th February 2012, 10:58 PM   #15
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These are the attribution resulting from the last book of Mark Felix and Jan Elsen Fatal Beauty.Traditional weapons from central Africa- Taipei exibition. They are among the greatest experts for african weapons.
AF6 - Ngombč-Poto; AF7 – Masai post ca.1950; AF8 – Kete or Bena Lulua (different attribution in different books but your is a nice examples with a nice handle): AF9 – AF10 Ngombč - (may be also Ngala. they are non so different); AF11 – Gbaya; AF12 – Sudan Shankilla (?): I have two similar ones in my collection; AF13 – AF14 - Ngombč; AF16 – Shankilla; AF17- Ngombč.

If you get tired of the Shankilla let me know. Nice the story of how you collected these knives. thanks
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Old 20th February 2012, 12:21 AM   #16
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Gentlemen, thank you! I very much appreciate the time and effort you are
putting into helping me--can I buy you a drink at Baltimore?
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Old 20th February 2012, 12:23 AM   #17
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Gentlemen, thank you so much for all the scholarship and effort you have put into helping me! Can I buy you a drink at Baltimore?
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Old 20th February 2012, 02:19 AM   #18
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On the very first pic: are those true axes or recades?
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Old 20th February 2012, 07:08 AM   #19
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Axes are not my speciality. In my opinion they are cerimonial axes from different parts of Africa. If I remember well AF3 is from Songye people, a nice example. The knife AF2 is from Algeria or Tunisia, from the end of XIX century or the beginning of XX century.
Italy is quite far from Baltimore but in case I shall ever travel overthere I shall be glad to have a drink together.
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