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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 06:25 AM
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Posted By Ian
Hi Tim, I agree that commercial exchanges...

Hi Tim,


I agree that commercial exchanges between India and Burma were reasonably common, especially after Britain took over much of Burma in the 19th C. The koftghari style of applying precious...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th June 2021, 04:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 473
Posted By Ian
I'm going to throw another suggestion out of left...

I'm going to throw another suggestion out of left field. The curious radial pattern around the neck of the face on the pommel and scabbard reminds me of a ruff collar, as seen in both European men's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 16th June 2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 473
Posted By Ian
Interesting idea that this depiction is related...

Interesting idea that this depiction is related to Hinduism. I agree that the treatment of the eyes suggests Hindu art, however a half beard and mustache is uncommon among Hindus (I don't recall...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 473
Posted By Ian
Yes. I think it is a bit of a puzzler, Jim. ...

Yes. I think it is a bit of a puzzler, Jim.

As i look more closely at the face on the pommel, it seems to be European. There is a clear mustache and a small beard, with the cheeks shaved. As such,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,289
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Interesting technique ...

Lee raises a very good point about the usefulness of X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) in assessing the elemental composition of blades. While there are some technical issues with detecting certain elements,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By Ian
Hi Jim, What a nice piece and the face...

Hi Jim,

What a nice piece and the face strikes me as very unusual on a pedang lurus. Such a clear representation of a human face on the hilt and scabbard seems antithetical to Muslim tradition,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By Ian
Hi Jim, Thanks for the kind words. Be...

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the kind words. Be pleased to add a comment on your sword.

Ian.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th June 2021, 02:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By Ian
Hi Rick and Jose, Yes, the pommel does...

Hi Rick and Jose,

Yes, the pommel does resemble Visayan examples on the swords and knives that you mention. Similar three-lobed pommels are seen also in some Metro Manila, northern and central...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 27,502
Posted By Ian
Pindang, Wow. What a lovely selection of...

Pindang,

Wow. What a lovely selection of older barung! You said "a few" of your barung. Do you have more of these beauties?

By any chance, do you have pictures of them on a white or lighter...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By Ian
Unusual Philippine short sword

This short sword/long knife is interesting. The blade is well forged, tapering from hilt to tip, and the spine is straight. The blade has a small ricasso (unusual for a Philippine blade) which...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th June 2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 27,502
Posted By Ian
I would agree with your assessment, with perhaps...

I would agree with your assessment, with perhaps greater emphasis on late 19th C than early 20th C. Both barung have kakatua hits that occurred in the 19th C, the second one being a junggayan hilt of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th June 2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By Ian
I think PMs are more reliable (for the reason...

I think PMs are more reliable (for the reason Rick noted). Sometimes people don't see the notice that they have a PM, or choose to ignore it.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Ian
IP, These are indeed interesting knives....

IP,

These are indeed interesting knives. However, there has been debate for some time as to whether many of the knives shaped like your example are indeed from Kerala or whether they come from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Ian
Here's another chopper from the same general area...

Here's another chopper from the same general area with a plain wooden handle.


http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showpost.php?p=11397&postcount=1
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th June 2021, 03:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 546
Posted By Ian
Hi Stu, The adya katti is uncommon but not...

Hi Stu,

The adya katti is uncommon but not rare. They are still worn by Coorgi men on ceremonial occasions, along with the traditional knife (pichangatti). I have read (can't remember where) that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th June 2021, 12:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Ian
Great set of pictures and excellent comments! ...

Great set of pictures and excellent comments!

I notice that the man brandishing his kris (also Maguindanao in origin) is holding it backwards. Those holding their sheathed kris have the hilt...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th June 2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 539
Posted By Ian
Great picture. I see the photo is attributed to...

Great picture. I see the photo is attributed to 1970, which seems rather recent for a T'boli to be wearing a prized sword, unless it was for show or ceremonial purposes. However, neither he nor his...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,534
Posted By Ian
Thumbs up Good points ...

Hullo Amuk,

Thanks for your concise and helpful comment. Interesting to note the male and female forms of this sword.

I can see how shortening up on the grip would convert the blade to a more...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By Ian
I agree Jeff. A similar mark does appear on...

I agree Jeff. A similar mark does appear on contemporary Thai daab, since at least the 1950s and probably earlier. Mark Bowditch had some information he shared on the now defunct UBB part of this...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,534
Posted By Ian
I think the angle helps with the slicing effect...

I think the angle helps with the slicing effect of the blow. Somewhat like a curved saber--the hand is ahead of the "sweet spot" of the blade, and tends to draw the edge across the subject rather...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th May 2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By Ian
Another lovely blade Iain. I liked the hardened...

Another lovely blade Iain. I liked the hardened edge (quenched or inserted do you think?) and peaked spine. An interesting mark struck at forte--this reminds me of some of the marks used by the HuSa...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 23rd May 2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,468
Posted By Ian
Jokhro and Xas, Thanks for clarifying some...

Jokhro and Xas,

Thanks for clarifying some of these terms again. Trying to peel away the layers of terminology, not to mention mistakes that have been propagated for decades, is impossible from...
Forum: European Armoury 22nd May 2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Ian
Thanks Jim. Redirected to European Forum.

Thanks Jim. Redirected to European Forum.
Forum: European Armoury 22nd May 2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By Ian
A picture of the whole sword or knife would help.

A picture of the whole sword or knife would help.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 835
Posted By Ian
Iain and DhaDha, Thank you for sharing...

Iain and DhaDha,

Thank you for sharing pictures of your beautiful daab. Both excellent swords. Iain has mentioned the Lanna and Lan Xang periods in northern Thai and Lao history. Attached is a map...
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