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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd July 2022, 03:18 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
If of any interest... here is a kukri-like...

If of any interest... here is a kukri-like chopping knife that came with some African stuff I wanted. Its a large heavy piece, with a thick spine. Length is approx. 44cm. Don't know where its from,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2022, 04:26 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is...

Thanks, glad you like the spears. The photo is 30+ years ago. Regarding the "European spear blades" - perhaps both possibilities are correct.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th June 2022, 08:50 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had...

An interesting spear, it reminds me of one I had many years ago, which was made from a repurposed "Sorby" brand chisel. Luckily, I kept this old polaroid photo (its the spear in the middle). Maybe...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 23rd June 2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving...

Here are a couple of examples of Chokwe carving from the internet, you can see the style similarities...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 21st June 2022, 03:32 PM
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Posted By colin henshaw
It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe...

It looks like its meant to be a Chokwe (Angola/Congo area) staff of office. However, given the low quality carving I would guess it was likely made for selling to Europeans (tourists).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th June 2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By colin henshaw
Nice shield, its from the Kimberly area of...

Nice shield, its from the Kimberly area of Western Australia. This type is sometimes referred to as a La Grange shield. Difficult to attribute age accurately, maybe late 19th/early 20th century. ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,852
Posted By colin henshaw
There was a publication "Sudan Notes and Records"...

There was a publication "Sudan Notes and Records" (1920s-1930s) that had an article on Sudanese chain mail making in one of its issues. I don't have a copy to hand, but it would certainly be useful...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,852
Posted By colin henshaw
Interesting piece, it could be Sudanese as this...

Interesting piece, it could be Sudanese as this jacket I had for sale some years ago also had similar simple butted rings...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 8th May 2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,318
Posted By colin henshaw
Seems to be just an ordinary betel cutter...

Seems to be just an ordinary betel cutter...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,753
Posted By colin henshaw
Here are a couple of Surya images in bronze,...

Here are a couple of Surya images in bronze, taken from the internet for comparison...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 4th May 2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,753
Posted By colin henshaw
Looks a good old piece. I think this probably...

Looks a good old piece. I think this probably represents Surya, the Hindu sun god. I once had a bronze figure with a very similar pose, holding a sunflower in each hand. Its likely the two flowers...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,638
Posted By colin henshaw
Agree Solomon Islands, as it has the shallow...

Agree Solomon Islands, as it has the shallow diamond section blade and that type of pointed butt finial. What are the dimensions ? Heavy or lighter wood ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,313
Posted By colin henshaw
African spears can often be difficult to...

African spears can often be difficult to attribute (sometimes impossible), however there are a few basic pointers :-

a) Blades with sockets are to be found north of the Zambesi (though there are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th April 2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,176
Posted By colin henshaw
Here is an image from the internet of a Shompen...

Here is an image from the internet of a Shompen tribesman holding a spear. The profile of the spearhead looks similar to the Pitt-Rivers example. The Shompen people lived on Great Nicobar Island.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th April 2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,176
Posted By colin henshaw
This thread caught my attention as I could not...

This thread caught my attention as I could not remember having seen weapons from the Nicobar Islands before now. As you mention they are a quite separate people from the Andamanese.

The old...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By colin henshaw
The sheath is a bit like that to be found on the...

The sheath is a bit like that to be found on the Moroccan sword "s'boula", with those thin brass hanging rings and raised transverse bands. On the other hand, it must be said the incised designs to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th March 2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By colin henshaw
Stu, it seems to be a cross-cultural piece... the...

Stu, it seems to be a cross-cultural piece... the blade and sheath from a Moroccan dagger and the hilt in the form of a dagger from Northern Cameroon or Bornu areas. Maybe an old or damaged koummya...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,441
Posted By colin henshaw
Very nice arrows, they look old and authentic....

Very nice arrows, they look old and authentic. Congratulations.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th January 2022, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,842
Posted By colin henshaw
An interesting item, I like the "primitive"...

An interesting item, I like the "primitive" appearance, gives it great character. My guess is its from the Sahara/Sahel region, perhaps Tuareg. My reasonings are :-

a) The sheath looks like from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th December 2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,206
Posted By colin henshaw
Yes, interesting possibility, so perhaps its an...

Yes, interesting possibility, so perhaps its an Edo (Kingdom of Benin) piece... If I find any further information I will post it here.

Regards.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th December 2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,206
Posted By colin henshaw
I can't really say. The coast of West Africa had...

I can't really say. The coast of West Africa had contact by European ships early on (15th & 16th centuries), and as far as I know, the inhabitants soon started to use muskets and European type swords...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,503
Posted By colin henshaw
I would say Northern Cameroon or perhaps Hausa,...

I would say Northern Cameroon or perhaps Hausa, Ken. I've seen that leather plaiting before from that area, also the engraving to the blade. Looks like a spear for fighting rather than ceremony to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th December 2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,206
Posted By colin henshaw
Thanks. There is an image of a spear with a...

Thanks. There is an image of a spear with a similar profile (images attached), in the book "Illustrated Catalogue of Ethnographical Specimens" (reprint), described as Indian, Sonthal. However, I see...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th December 2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,206
Posted By colin henshaw
Hi ShakaAmaZulu, can you please post an image...

Hi ShakaAmaZulu, can you please post an image showing the whole piece. Is there only a spear head, or do you have the entire spear ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th December 2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,212
Posted By colin henshaw
It really looks like a fairly recent made-up...

It really looks like a fairly recent made-up piece (perhaps by a hobbyist ?). The blade from an African Shona spearhead or knife, the carved bone hilt with a mixture of Chinese and African inspired...
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