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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th August 2022, 09:21 AM
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Posted By xasterix
Halloo sir Jose, thanks for the appreciation! The...

Halloo sir Jose, thanks for the appreciation! The brass hilts are for status, along with the attached bells. As for the tiger bell talisman, the Lumad still make that nowadays (they use newly-made...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2022, 02:07 PM
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Posted By xasterix
I second this lol

I second this lol
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th August 2022, 02:04 PM
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Posted By xasterix
Lumad artifacts

Hi, just sharing 2 artifacts, likely pre-WW2: a shaman's talisman (the tiger bell in a necklace; it doesn't ring because it contains objects) and a brass-hilted sanggi with attached bells. Artifacts...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th July 2022, 07:58 PM
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Posted By xasterix
So far the smallest old barung I've held is 10in...

So far the smallest old barung I've held is 10in blade, which would fit the size of the barungs in that picture.

With regard to modern blades, there are Sulu barungs that go for as small as...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2022, 11:53 PM
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Posted By xasterix
Agreed, the blade would have been completely...

Agreed, the blade would have been completely consumed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2022, 10:25 AM
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Posted By xasterix
Got this barung from Mr Cecil Quirino's...

Got this barung from Mr Cecil Quirino's collection. My oldest barung so far. It's remarkably well-preserved. It's highly similar to the Leiden barung that was discussed in an old topic here. I fixed...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th June 2022, 10:17 AM
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Posted By xasterix
Thanks for the photos! The blademakers in that...

Thanks for the photos! The blademakers in that area are active indeed. The traditional methods live on!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th June 2022, 06:27 AM
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Posted By xasterix
Agreed with the age estimate, postwar onwards I...

Agreed with the age estimate, postwar onwards I believe.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2022, 11:58 PM
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Posted By xasterix
That's a very interesting blade. I'm guessing the...

That's a very interesting blade. I'm guessing the assembly was pre-1900 Central Luzon, Spanish or First Republic era. The fuller feature is curious- probably a one-of customization requested by the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2022, 01:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,538
Posted By xasterix
I've seen about 2 pics of Moro warriors rubbing...

I've seen about 2 pics of Moro warriors rubbing fruit on their barungs, I'll try to search for them again. Etching was also mentioned in 2 references; in one, it was described how the blade was...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2022, 03:41 PM
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Views: 2,538
Posted By xasterix
Agreed on the etch part- that's how I've been...

Agreed on the etch part- that's how I've been etching Moro blades recently. When I had my first few antiques, I made the mistake of doing sandpaper and FeCl etch; nowadays I realize just fine steel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2022, 12:45 PM
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Posted By xasterix
No challenge necessary. Several weapons that were...

No challenge necessary. Several weapons that were found in PH have also been found elsewhere in the Malay archipelago. People migrate, re-settle, bring their weaps, technologies, skills, etc. I guess...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2022, 02:52 AM
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Posted By xasterix
To elaborate on my previous assertion that it may...

To elaborate on my previous assertion that it may not be Yakan:

Estimating place of origin or ethno group without verified provenance is a tricky business. Consider the following:

a) Not to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,538
Posted By xasterix
Great piece! Just not entirely sure if the pommel...

Great piece! Just not entirely sure if the pommel is ivory or bone. But either way, a 3-wave twistcore with that silver hilt wrap is just top tier!
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,726
Posted By xasterix
Definitely one of the best barungs I've ever...

Definitely one of the best barungs I've ever seen.

However, I'm not sure if it was made by the Yakan.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2022, 04:46 AM
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Views: 57,241
Posted By xasterix
Thanks for the kind words Ian! I'm also on the...

Thanks for the kind words Ian! I'm also on the fence just what percentage of the hilt is original. That's the tricky part about ascertaining the age estimate, I guess- different parts may have...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2022, 03:30 AM
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Posted By xasterix
Necro-ing this thread because I realized I have a...

Necro-ing this thread because I realized I have a kris with a cylindrical tang. Comments and assessments are welcome.

My notes on the matter:

1. The piece has 18.3in blade, measures 23.5in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2022, 01:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By xasterix
Dear Rob: It's all good! Another identifier for...

Dear Rob: It's all good! Another identifier for me would be the spine...keping usually have thinner spines than barung. An assessment of the sword's different parts would be best to ascertain whether...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By xasterix
Hi Ian, I agree that all of these can be...

Hi Ian, I agree that all of these can be considered as keping :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 03:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By xasterix
Yup it's tricky. One of the helpful things to...

Yup it's tricky. One of the helpful things to tell them apart is the hilt. Barung hilts have a different flavor vs keping hilts (whether original or re-make).
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 03:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By xasterix
Hi Ian, That indeed is a keping! The...

Hi Ian,

That indeed is a keping!

The interesting this is its provenance. According to my museum curator friend, at one point in time, Tugaya-dressed blades were considered a status symbol...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2022, 12:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By xasterix
Hi Rob, I believe they're all barungs.

Hi Rob, I believe they're all barungs.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 01:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,515
Posted By xasterix
"Keping" is pretty much a catch-all term for all...

"Keping" is pretty much a catch-all term for all Maguindanao/Maranao blades that are leaf-shaped. Some don't look like wide leaf; others are slender and may have clipped points. Here are other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 12:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,515
Posted By xasterix
Hi Rob: 1. Yes, those are both kepings. 2....

Hi Rob:

1. Yes, those are both kepings.
2. It means 'leaf' in the Maguindanaon language.
3. The distinction is that keping was a leaf-shaped bolo used in the Mindanao area (Maranao, Maguindanao,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 12:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,515
Posted By xasterix
That's right sir, it's a "keping." In Jacinto...

That's right sir, it's a "keping." In Jacinto (1892) defined keping as "leaf" in his landmark work Diccionario Moro-Maguindanao-Espaņol. My Mindanao-based contacts say it's simply a leaf bolo....
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