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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons Yesterday, 06:39 AM
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Posted By Ian
The similar example noted by ariel...

The similar example noted by ariel notwithstanding, I'm inclined to agree with Mahratt. The scabbard appears to be a poor mate for the apparent quality of the blade and hilt. There seems to be...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By Ian
Detlef is correct.These bows are like large...

Detlef is correct.These bows are like large slingshots and operate on the same principle. They can be very accurate and are good for taking down birds and small game. I've seen folks using them who...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2022, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 567
Posted By Ian
Yes, a recently made barung from N. Borneo.

Yes, a recently made barung from N. Borneo.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 844
Posted By Ian
Thanks Philip. That's an interesting story. I did...

Thanks Philip. That's an interesting story. I did not recognize the silver work as Lao, and have little experience with Vietnamese silver designs. It's nice to have your clear ID of its Viet origin.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 844
Posted By Ian
Charles, That is an extremely beautiful...

Charles,

That is an extremely beautiful sword! It has a substantial amount of silver and clearly belonged to someone of considerable wealth and power. A couple of points to add to Nathan's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th April 2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,541
Posted By Ian
Charles, I'm thinking the hilt decoration is...

Charles,

I'm thinking the hilt decoration is a relatively recent redo. The asang asang are not a pair, with the second one looking quite new, and the cord wrap also looks fairly recent to me. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 02:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,086
Posted By Ian
Perhaps the tip has been modified/shortened.

Perhaps the tip has been modified/shortened.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th April 2022, 02:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 987
Posted By Ian
Interesting mixed materials on the hilt. Maybe a...

Interesting mixed materials on the hilt. Maybe a field constructed knife.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,135
Posted By Ian
chmorshuutz, Thank you for that correction!...

chmorshuutz,

Thank you for that correction! Much appreciated. I had read that the Spanish control of administrative positions extended to towns and barrios. It's good to know that it did not reach...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th April 2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,135
Posted By Ian
For those unfamiliar with Spanish colonial social...

For those unfamiliar with Spanish colonial social systems, here is what I have gleaned from my travels to the Philippines and readings of the country's history under Spanish rule. Please correct any...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,135
Posted By Ian
Hi RSWORD, What a fascinating sword and in...

Hi RSWORD,

What a fascinating sword and in excellent condition! A few comments on the sword, its scabbard and inscriptions.

First, the dates you noted are too late for this to be a Katipunan...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th April 2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,135
Posted By Ian
algrennathan and bathala, Your points are...

algrennathan and bathala,

Your points are well taken, and I think xasterix has answered to the best of his ability. I have had the pleasure of corresponding with xas for the last couple of years,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th March 2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,634
Posted By Ian
Hi Xas, That's the thinnest blade I have...

Hi Xas,

That's the thinnest blade I have seen on a panabas, with most having heavy blades with not nearly as much distal taper. The notion of the brass dots representing a count of "victims" is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 36,776
Posted By Ian
Ariel, a lot of the small Thai knives are...

Ariel, a lot of the small Thai knives are spiritual talismans called meed mor, but often referred to as "priest knives" in the older European literature. The composition of the knives and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 36,776
Posted By Ian
Can we have a definition of what is a...

Can we have a definition of what is a "miniature?" How much does it need to be scaled down to qualify?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th March 2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,655
Posted By Ian
algrennathan, I appreciate your desire to...

algrennathan,

I appreciate your desire to identify weapons precisely. However, I think this is ultimately a self-defeating exercise. Many times, there is no single accepted name for a sword or...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th March 2022, 02:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,138
Posted By Ian
Ren Ren, Thanks for posting this interesting...

Ren Ren,

Thanks for posting this interesting picture. The hilt on the left-most example is unusual and may well be local to the province you mention, or possibly Cambodian. The second and third...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st March 2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,241
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up So it is. I misunderstood your post. I thought...

So it is. I misunderstood your post. I thought you believed it was a panabas.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th March 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,241
Posted By Ian
kronckew, The last one you posted is not a...

kronckew,

The last one you posted is not a panabas. It is a Thai prah, which is a utility axe, somewhat like the Moro tabas on which the panabas is based. A prah of this form and decoration seems...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 17th March 2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,435
Posted By Ian
Australia is a long commute. :cool:

Australia is a long commute. :cool:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2022, 02:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,655
Posted By Ian
Hi algrennathan, I think that you will be...

Hi algrennathan,

I think that you will be searching long and hard to obtain many peer-reviewed/scientific publications that you are seeking. There are some American anthropological papers that are...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th March 2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,673
Posted By Ian
I agree. It seems that blade making in Bulacan...

I agree. It seems that blade making in Bulacan died out in the 1970s and 1980s. I have a nice example from the pre-WWII era that was discussed here...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,042
Posted By Ian
Just getting old, kai. I intended to write...

Just getting old, kai. I intended to write Maguindanao originally, but it came out Maranao. Brain and fingers not in sync. :eek:
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,527
Posted By Ian
Hi Yves, While waiting for additional...

Hi Yves,

While waiting for additional pictures, I took the liberty of enlarging the picture of the hilt and gangya area of this sword. The elephant trunk area suggests that the blade was of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th March 2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,263
Posted By Ian
Hi Conduit. I agree with ariel. Not likely...

Hi Conduit.

I agree with ariel. Not likely to be Persian in origin, and more probably NW Indian. In response to BBJW's suggestion about lotus flowers--they are not lotus flowers depicted on the...
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