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Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th December 2020, 08:35 PM
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Posted By roanoa
KUBUR, the "shoulder thing" is a LEMBD in Amharic...

KUBUR, the "shoulder thing" is a LEMBD in Amharic (Ethiopia) and a DINO' in Tigrynian Tigray and Eritrea). Happy and SAFE 2021 to all.
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 29th December 2020, 08:31 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Let's not forget that the Kilimanjaro is...

Let's not forget that the Kilimanjaro is snow-capped.... At any rate, on the Ethiopian Highlands, especially on the Semien Mountain Range, nights are extremely cold. Brrrrrrr….
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 26th November 2020, 08:22 PM
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Posted By roanoa
No, it's not a winter hat.... Warrior headdress....

No, it's not a winter hat.... Warrior headdress. A "cheap" substitute for lion's mane one. I have seen quite a few lion's mane ANFARRO (mostly in photographs....), but this is the first gelada's...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 25th November 2020, 09:48 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian Oromo headdress

Wish to share this with you guys. Years ago I got a furry headdress from a friend who knew I was into Ethiopian "stuff". He told me it was Ethiopian…. At the time, I had my doubts as I had never...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 05:32 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Thanks for finding this great print.

Thanks for finding this great print.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th October 2020, 01:04 AM
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Posted By roanoa
The "knife" is not sharpened for the first 45...

The "knife" is not sharpened for the first 45 inches. The rest is still sharp, though badly corroded. Could not find (I'll keep looking) the old Ethiopian painting that I saw a while back. Only...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th October 2020, 08:30 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian scabbard with utility knife????

Run into this scabbard from an Ethiopian sword and a little tab sticking out at the throat got my curiosity. I pulled it and out came a very crude blade, about ten inches long. Utility knife to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th October 2020, 11:54 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian blade for ID

I have two Ethiopian swords in my collection that need proper identification. They are virtually identical in shape and size, so I tend to believe that the blades were manufactured in the same...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By roanoa
Puzzling... I can see an Ethiopian coin. ...

Puzzling... I can see an Ethiopian coin. But.... The general appearance suggests Ethiopian. With the exception of how the handle is fastened to the shield. The knots are hidden. The inside of the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th April 2020, 07:42 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian sword. Where is it?

Greetings. I saw this swords years ago. It ended up in Tony Tirri's book. After Tony's sad passing, his collection got dispersed. Does anyone know where this sword may have ended up?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2020, 09:30 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Not sure. I believe I saw a reference a while...

Not sure. I believe I saw a reference a while back to that effect. Here is a picture I found on line of the same hilt but different blade.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th April 2020, 03:41 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Hi, Martin. I have seen 3 or 4 so far of swords...

Hi, Martin. I have seen 3 or 4 so far of swords with one of the languettes marked like this. Also found a couple with the G.G. marking. The common one is the letter M in the Amharic alphabet. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th April 2020, 03:32 AM
Replies: 38
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Posted By roanoa
There are more tigers in the USA than in India!

There are more tigers in the USA than in India!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th April 2020, 07:23 AM
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Posted By roanoa
Can we have a close up picture of the ricasso? ...

Can we have a close up picture of the ricasso? Is there a "star" stamp?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2020, 11:40 PM
Replies: 19
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Posted By roanoa
I do not think there is anything wrong with the...

I do not think there is anything wrong with the blade being a little off the axis. Mine is the same. It's just the design. The filigree work is superb. Decorations for shields, swords and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd January 2020, 11:20 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Great pictures. Thanks.

Great pictures. Thanks.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st January 2020, 10:11 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Beja shield with battle scars

Love this shield. If it could talk.... It seems it has seen a lot of action!! There are two large repairs. The cuts have been stapled back together. Sword slash and a spear thrust?? There are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 31st December 2019, 07:19 PM
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Posted By roanoa
Amazing. I have seen Beja/Hadendoa daggers with...

Amazing. I have seen Beja/Hadendoa daggers with silver wire wrapping and rosettes, but never one like this!!! The wood looks reddish, but is hard to find a piece of ebony this size completely black....
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th September 2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By roanoa
Well, on July 2007 I posted a discussion on the...

Well, on July 2007 I posted a discussion on the subject under: Ethiopian scabbard: to fake or not to fake. Check it out. Ron
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,817
Posted By roanoa
Thanks, Kubur. I thought the "mini gile" would...

Thanks, Kubur. I thought the "mini gile" would attract a few comments.... You are right, of course: the gile is a weapon (big knife or short sword). And this one is neither. Why would a utility...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th June 2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,817
Posted By roanoa
MINI GILE

I just found this super "cute" Gile. It is only 10" long with a 6" blade. The handle, however, is fairly long. Same length of a full size Gile. So, I assume, it was made for an adult and not a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th March 2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,244
Posted By roanoa
MY BAD..... I guess I should have posted...

MY BAD..... I guess I should have posted measurements. The blade is neither 1796 British not 1811 Blucher. It is much lighter. All light cavalry swords (hussar type) look pretty much the same,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th March 2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,244
Posted By roanoa
Ethiopian sword/spanish blade

Picked up this sword with an interesting blade. It is German made (Solingen) by Schnitt??? & Kirschbaum. Writhing is in Spanish which, I suppose, means that it was made for a Spanish speaking...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,453
Posted By roanoa
OK. SEIF (SAIF) = DOUBLE EDGED STRAIGHT BLADE ...

OK.
SEIF (SAIF) = DOUBLE EDGED STRAIGHT BLADE
GURADE (GORADE) = CURVED BLADE (USUALLY SINGLE EDGE)
SHOTEL = DOUBLE EDGED SICKLE SHAPED

Nothing to do with shape of hilt or material. European...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th March 2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By roanoa
Of course your sword is a REAL fighting sword. ...

Of course your sword is a REAL fighting sword. The blade is probably from a "recycled" hussar (light cavalry) blade. The hole in the grip does not weaken it in any way. Virtually every single...
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