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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 12:30 PM
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: 984
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
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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
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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: 1,191
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: 1,191
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
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Views: 1,924
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
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Views: 1,449
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: 3,729
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: 3,729
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: 1,276
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
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Views: 3,729
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: 3,729
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: 2,894
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...
Forum: Ethnographic Miscellania 11th December 2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,947
Posted By colin henshaw
Its a modern copy of a so-called Fijian "cannibal...

Its a modern copy of a so-called Fijian "cannibal fork".
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th December 2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,700
Posted By colin henshaw
A nice example of a Boa/Azande Congo sword as...

A nice example of a Boa/Azande Congo sword as mentioned. They often have wire wrap to the hilt and I've seen them in a woven fibre sheath sometimes. The ridging to the blade acts to strengthen it,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,513
Posted By colin henshaw
Something similar here from a previous auction,...

Something similar here from a previous auction, described as African style axes... the same one ??
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th November 2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,513
Posted By colin henshaw
I think its a fairly recent African dance axe,...

I think its a fairly recent African dance axe, probably from West Africa somewhere. I'll see if I can find out more.
Forum: European Armoury 13th November 2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,606
Posted By colin henshaw
A very interesting item, I like the primitive,...

A very interesting item, I like the primitive, blacksmith-made appearance...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,874
Posted By colin henshaw
Presumably, if the blade length was shorter...

Presumably, if the blade length was shorter (maybe due to iron availability), a longer handle would be required to get a better swing at the target...

It could also be just a matter of style...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd November 2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,874
Posted By colin henshaw
Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed...

Its a nice dao, I particularly like the red-dyed rattan and goat hair. These Naga/Assam daos come in different varieties and yours is a good example of its type.
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