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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th November 2022, 02:14 PM
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Posted By SanibelSwassa
Impressive collection

Thank you for sharing. As a blade collector and speaker of the Cambodian language I have been curious about the blades of the early Khmer Empire. Due to the Khmer Rouge and the cultural destruction...
Forum: Swap Forum 17th September 2022, 05:34 PM
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Posted By SanibelSwassa
WTB Moro Kris or Barong with Ball hilt

Looking for High Quality Kris or Barong with Ivory Ball Hilt.

Thank you for any collectors willing to discuss parting with one.

PM’s welcome!
Forum: Swap Forum 17th September 2022, 05:25 PM
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Posted By SanibelSwassa
WTB Visayans Garab

I know that JeffS just posted the same type of request, but I am also interested in finding any complete Visayan Garabs that any collectors might be willing to part with. Definitely seriously...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th June 2022, 01:23 AM
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Views: 2,282
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Charles, That is an incredible find!!! ...

Charles,

That is an incredible find!!! Congratulations and glad it has found a good home.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2022, 01:50 PM
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Posted By SanibelSwassa
No they were from different owners. The 5 wave...

No they were from different owners. The 5 wave had been for sale on eBay several times. The asking price was always more than twice what I believed it’s current value and the seller had never sold on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd June 2022, 03:11 AM
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Views: 1,397
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Two Moro Kris Added to the Collection

I recently found these two Moro Kris and was excited to bring them to a their new home. No cleanup or restoration yet but will post once those are completed.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 25th May 2022, 02:59 PM
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Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Wow… another great thread! Your comments in that...

Wow… another great thread! Your comments in that original thread linking back to a possible Chinese connection to this form is compelling. It also ties into the know time period placements and the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th May 2022, 01:03 PM
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Views: 1,538
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Great piece! The brass inlay could be where they...

Great piece! The brass inlay could be where they “trapped a spirit” in the blade, be a talisman, or just decorative. I don’t know enough about the Lumad to help in the correct Id on that point. The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th May 2022, 02:38 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Great pic! Wish we knew who had that bad boy!!!...

Great pic! Wish we knew who had that bad boy!!! Did you find that on this forum?? I think I’ve seen that pic before, but don’t remember from where.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2022, 07:38 PM
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Views: 2,111
Posted By SanibelSwassa
The bathroom in question is fortunately not used...

The bathroom in question is fortunately not used for showering very often and the blades are kept well oiled and the wood conditioned. So far no issues… Florida AC is really good at removing the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2022, 07:35 PM
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Views: 2,111
Posted By SanibelSwassa
So far the blades that have spoken to me are...

So far the blades that have spoken to me are those from the Visayans and the Moro areas. As it takes considerable effort to become educated enough to discern the qualities and characteristics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2022, 05:39 PM
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Views: 2,111
Posted By SanibelSwassa
That was a little inside joke… the wife gets a...

That was a little inside joke… the wife gets a little testy when the wall gets a new arrival. But in reality I’m grateful to be the caretaker of these testaments to the skill and craftsmanship for...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2022, 08:11 AM
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Views: 2,111
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Philippines Sword Collection (Wall of Shame)

I posted the Garab part of my collection the other day, and was asked to show the collection as it stands today. Hope you enjoy.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Here you go! Let me know if you uncover any...

Here you go! Let me know if you uncover any interesting similarities with other Okir.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th May 2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Kino, Thank you so much for sharing the...

Kino,

Thank you so much for sharing the tapestry pic!! That’s a great reference piece. I would agree with Xasterix that his Okir is a direct match back to the royal line used as shown in the pics...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2022, 05:00 PM
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Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Xasterix, That is a fabulous direct origin...

Xasterix,

That is a fabulous direct origin connection! The Okir on your piece and the corresponding wood lattices is a near prefect match. Do you know what building that picture was taken from and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2022, 07:50 PM
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Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Hindu/Buddhist sculpture examples

Here are a interesting pieces with floral motifs that are similar, however the Islamic art from the same time periods also have similar motifs.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th May 2022, 07:43 PM
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Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Study in Malay wood carving

To better establish the linkage back to the cultural influences from the Hindu/Buddhist contacts with the Malay area I am supplying a paper on studying the carvings of the area. Given the overlay of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th May 2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
I agree and believe the Garuda kris form confirms...

I agree and believe the Garuda kris form confirms this orientation. However, I also agree with David’s assertion that the symbol in the side of the form is most likely a wing.

With that defined...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th May 2022, 01:35 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Another form for comparison.

Another form for comparison.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 12th May 2022, 01:25 AM
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Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
David, I think the relevance of this part of...

David,

I think the relevance of this part of the discussion is significant IMHO. As we are in agreement that the symbol that we are calling either a wing… which is my personal belief, or maybe an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
We do not see these common symbols in the forms...

We do not see these common symbols in the forms of the Java Demam nor do we find the Shivering Javanese man with the any of the various accompanying forms shown the the pictures already shared in the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
Now we can look for the same symbolism in the...

Now we can look for the same symbolism in the Garuda kris.

I have highlighted the area for observation.

To make the correlation to the amorphous bird form you would also need to look to...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
I am glad to see this discussion getting some...

I am glad to see this discussion getting some traction!

So let’s start back with the idea of the bird form and then move to the Jawa Demam possibility.

In the pictures below I show the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th May 2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,598
Posted By SanibelSwassa
I am glad to see this discussion getting some...

I am glad to see this discussion getting some traction!

So let’s start back with the idea of the bird form and then move to the Jawa Demam possibility.

In the pictures below I show the...
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