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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 04:43 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
I would have called this a Masaai elder spear....

I would have called this a Masaai elder spear. This is based on the book by Christopher Spring, figure 108 which shows four spears for different warrior classes.
He does write about relatively...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 12:53 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
the last two

the last two
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 12:51 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
The next examples I have are a bit more variable...

The next examples I have are a bit more variable and introduce some more forms and decoration.
The first one is a kind of transition piece from the previous set to this new set. It has an iron blade...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 08:17 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Thanks guys. Yes, this is entirely local work,...

Thanks guys.
Yes, this is entirely local work, and as I said above the first six are Nsapo made. They were quite famous for this and hence their products were prized and traded widely. The other...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 07:12 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Thanks Pindang :) Here is the next set....

Thanks Pindang :)

Here is the next set. These are what I think are the typical Songye axes. In size and shaft form they are very similar to the previous set, but the blades are more traditional in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2021, 07:24 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Just looking again in Fischer and I see that he...

Just looking again in Fischer and I see that he describes the heads on the axes as being significant showing an example of one with 52 heads on each side, stating it must have belonged to a powerful...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2021, 05:32 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
and the rest of the items

and the rest of the items
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th May 2021, 05:31 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Songye axes - different types

Looking for a good reason to show you some of my latest pieces I started to wonder about Songye axes. A lot of Congo axes are sold as Songye, but to my eye not all are equally easy to attribute, and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th May 2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
OK Colin, will do, thanks for the interest. It...

OK Colin, will do, thanks for the interest. It may take a little time since I need to take photos of a few, but I can start with a new thread on one or two. Most are Congo, but I have a few from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 473
Posted By Mefidk
This looks right to me too. I found a couple more...

This looks right to me too. I found a couple more examples of knives of this form but without the figural hilt. Both examples have that same hour-glass shape, although neither are an exact match, one...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 3rd May 2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
Thumbs up Thanks Colin - I knew of some of these, but not...

Thanks Colin - I knew of some of these, but not all - including not knowing the axe book. I'll start looking for them :)
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2021, 09:13 PM
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Views: 473
Posted By Mefidk
Nice piece - congratulations :) Just trawling...

Nice piece - congratulations :)
Just trawling though some books and Lengola does seem to be closest in blade form. The blade shape, narrowing at the base and central raised spine is very close. Less...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 2nd May 2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Mefidk
Hi Colin, that makes sense. Both Wongo and Lele...

Hi Colin, that makes sense. Both Wongo and Lele are from Luluwa west, between Kuba and Pende, which fits well with the ideas on the sword which started this thread.

The closest other I found is...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th April 2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
That does indeed look like the same process, and...

That does indeed look like the same process, and even really closely similar styles and materials. Is this known from other areas too, or just these two?

I don't recall seeing it on other examples...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th April 2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
Thank you Marc and Miguel So I am getting the...

Thank you Marc and Miguel
So I am getting the feeling that the decoration on the hilt is what marks this out as Kuba, but I could see some more of the pictures of the Songye swords on the site that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
Thanks Colin. Yes Congo and surrounds seems very...

Thanks Colin. Yes Congo and surrounds seems very interesting both ethnographically, artistically, and weapon-wise. Its a steep mountain to climb at first, not least due to the variants of tribal...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 04:12 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By Mefidk
I rather agree with Colin. I have a couple of...

I rather agree with Colin. I have a couple of these and whether they are based on talismanic swords is debatable, but I doubt that any self-respecting Sudanese warrior or leader would wave one of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th April 2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 940
Posted By Mefidk
Congo sword ID help

Hi folks
Recently I have been expanding my horizons a bit into the Congo - a whole new world of wonderful forms :) But also mysteries. Here is one of mine. I wonder what opinion about the origins...
Forum: European Armoury 12th March 2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 17,931
Posted By Mefidk
Hello Duncan, thanks for posting this interesting...

Hello Duncan, thanks for posting this interesting example. Sorry to hear about fire damage, it along with theft is something we all fear for our collections!
I have recently been examining a number...
Forum: European Armoury 6th March 2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
Posted By Mefidk
I've got to say that the examples you guys post...

I've got to say that the examples you guys post are much nicer than mine which seems to be towards the functional end of the spectrum. However, at least in the pictures I see on the net, the more...
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
Posted By Mefidk
Some more pictures.

Some more pictures.
Forum: European Armoury 5th March 2021, 05:05 PM
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Views: 726
Posted By Mefidk
Khevsur sabre for comments

Here is what I believe to be an interesting sword from an lesser known people in the arms collecting world (although I'm sure they are well known to some here). I have to say at the outset that I am...
Forum: European Armoury 1st March 2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By Mefidk
Thanks for the replies. I agree that the hilts on...

Thanks for the replies. I agree that the hilts on both of these are a long way from original. I'm not sure I would say modern or tourist (at least they have been together for some time), but 20th C I...
Forum: European Armoury 21st February 2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By Mefidk
Thanks for the comments Philip. For sure the...

Thanks for the comments Philip. For sure the szabla has been dismantled at some point. The rivet would have been replaced then, hence why it looks odd. Perhaps this happened a while back, and the...
Forum: European Armoury 21st February 2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,034
Posted By Mefidk
Here is the second sword, what looks like a...

Here is the second sword, what looks like a karabela. This one has less aggressive cleaning and less of a the yelman is less pronounced with a more normal profile. There is a Maltese cross near the...
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