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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 07:16 PM
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Posted By ariel
I think this is a quite modern souvenir. Not...

I think this is a quite modern souvenir.
Not even considering its very modern mechanical decorations, the gift box with even a special knife holder is a dead giveaway.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:24 PM
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Posted By ariel
Usually, scabbard mounts with suspension rings ...

Usually, scabbard mounts with suspension rings belong together with crossguards. Here, I think, the scabbard might be from another sword. Thus, the posted sword as such and the scabbard may have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2022, 05:07 PM
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Posted By ariel
Lee, I am intrigued by the chape of the second...

Lee,
I am intrigued by the chape of the second from the top sword: it is very different from what I am accustomed to see on European and Indo-Persian scabbards.
Are there examples of a similar...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd June 2022, 02:31 AM
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Views: 130
Posted By ariel
Need help with blade mark

That's all I have, sorry.

Anybody knows where from and how old?

Thanks.
Ariel
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2022, 12:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
It's a good repair, perhaps even better than a...

It's a good repair, perhaps even better than a new scabbard: wood and leather would be cut thru in a couple of years, but brass reinforcements will hold almost forever.

A significantly more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2022, 06:39 PM
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Posted By ariel
The minute “1224” was put as a date, this kilij...

The minute “1224” was put as a date, this kilij ceased to be a replica and became a fake.
i am impressed by the Czerny’s description.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th June 2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 160
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Posted By ariel
In your future paper you might want to discuss...

In your future paper you might want to discuss sword positions on the altar: edge down on the altar might indeed signify phallic energy. But according to what is shown on the pic you posted ( the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th June 2022, 09:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By ariel
This is just a generic Afghani saber with a...

This is just a generic Afghani saber with a handle developed from the colonial British bayonet for Brunswick rifle 1837 and 1841 patterns. They were developed initially for the Nepalese military...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 160
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Posted By ariel
Rawson has my respect: his book was the first one...

Rawson has my respect: his book was the first one dedicated specifically to Indian arms.
But to call his book “…the only ….scientific work…” is rather funny. Rawson was never interested in arms...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 11:16 PM
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Posted By ariel
And all these articles will be written by the...

And all these articles will be written by the very same type of people you are describing in your previous post :-)))
All soft sciences have a good percentage of their results, discussions and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,211
Posted By ariel
We all want our thingies to be really old and at...

We all want our thingies to be really old and at the same time in a good shape.:-)
I do not know and, AFAIK, nobody can guess the age of this ankus.
They were used 500 years ago and continue to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 01:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,211
Posted By ariel
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The form and the proportions of that gizmo are those of a garden variety ankus. Nothing else.
Any discussions of a pangolin , whether it was or is a sacred animal in India miss the point. Nobody...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,211
Posted By ariel
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Comp acts again:-(
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By ariel
A bottle of Raki?:-)

A bottle of Raki?:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By ariel
… as well as shorts and leggings…:-)

… as well as shorts and leggings…:-)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 591
Posted By ariel
Zeibek. Western Anatolia, mostly around...

Zeibek. Western Anatolia, mostly around Smirna/Izmir.
Google Zeibek yataghan or search for it on the Forum. The “ears” are specific.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 09:43 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
I found it: : Russian journal “ Studies of...

I found it: : Russian journal “ Studies of historical weapons” #1.

The current confusing state of classifications, attributions, dating and definitions of old Indian weapons is firmly blamed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
Can you provide its link, please? Even better,...

Can you provide its link, please?
Even better, the pdf?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By ariel
Active Chinese trade in Kollam ( Malabar Coast)...

Active Chinese trade in Kollam ( Malabar Coast) was mentioned by Ibn Battuta in XIV century.
Most likely, it started well before that, if it was “active” then:-)
“Postmodernist” is a fancy word ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
As I have mentioned before, research in antique...

As I have mentioned before, research in antique Oriental weapons requires expertise in two unrelated fields: weapons per se and thorough knowledge of languages in question.

Thackston is a well...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
Mahratt, I am purposefully not commenting on...

Mahratt,
I am purposefully not commenting on your posts. Please do not comment on mine.
Just as an aside, the last communication from Mercenary was posted yesterday, 7 years after the publication...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 716
Posted By ariel
That's strange... Are we to believe that...

That's strange...
Are we to believe that Chinese influences jumped over India (despite having direct border and multiple maritime exploits) to Iran and only then,- from Iran, and only in the XVI...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2022, 11:54 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
I am back home. Please see Elgood’s Jaipur...

I am back home.
Please see Elgood’s Jaipur book, #35-38.

I think that closes the question.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
Well, further arguments seem to be pointless....

Well, further arguments seem to be pointless. At the end of the day, we are obligated to accept the interpretations advanced by professional researchers of Indian weapons well versed in Indian...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 32,964
Posted By ariel
Sitting in the hotel in Atlanta, waiting for a...

Sitting in the hotel in Atlanta, waiting for a symposium that starts in 3 hours, re-reading old comments…..
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Ful-kattara is repeatedly snown in Hales ( and, I think,...
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