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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 8th March 2021, 11:23 AM
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This is just a shot in the dark, but how about...

This is just a shot in the dark, but how about India as a place of origin (the skin could be from a Gavial) ? I haven't seen any other examples of gavial-covered armour but just wanted to throw an...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2021, 10:24 AM
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Posted By LJ
Is this the sort of thing you were looking for ?...

Is this the sort of thing you were looking for ? Unfortunately the photo is not perfectly sharp, and I can't get access to the collections at the moment.

I identified it as Fulani in origin...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th November 2020, 11:26 AM
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Posted By LJ
Assuming it is from Malaita, it might be worth...

Assuming it is from Malaita, it might be worth checking out an article by David Akin "Malaitan Clubs", which is chapter 39 in Bolton et al. Melanesia: Art and Encounter.

I don't have the book:...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th October 2020, 09:49 AM
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Posted By LJ
A non-destructive test is to use an ultra-violet...

A non-destructive test is to use an ultra-violet light (I bought one of these fairly cheaply at a local shop that sells electronics). Ivory has a distinctive blue sheen, which resin does not have: I...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th October 2020, 09:53 AM
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Views: 5,852
Posted By LJ
I've used neatsfoot oil in making a bag for...

I've used neatsfoot oil in making a bag for bagpipes: for this, you have to dissolve beeswax in hot neatsfoot oil, then pour it in the bag. Apart from the disgusting smell of the oil, it certainly...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th January 2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By LJ
From the photos, I read the end of the...

From the photos, I read the end of the inscription as July 1873, but couldn't make out what is written before "July"
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd October 2019, 07:02 PM
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Posted By LJ
Before you fall prey to "completed list syndrome"...

Before you fall prey to "completed list syndrome" there could be one more thing to go into that bucket: a copy of the catalogue of the "tentoonstelling van oude kunst" exhibition of 1929. I see that...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2019, 04:45 PM
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Posted By LJ
How about the Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain...

How about the Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain or New Ireland) ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd April 2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,389
Posted By LJ
I assume this is the sort of thing being...

I assume this is the sort of thing being discussed.

I've wondered for some time what it is: something had obviously dropped off the end, leaving me puzzled what the item was. Without this sort of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th January 2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,645
Posted By LJ
The drum is in now the British Museum. It always...

The drum is in now the British Museum. It always reminds me of Azande slit gongs rather than anything typical of northern Sudan, but was it made in Omdurman by an Azande carver or carried north from...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd September 2018, 07:10 PM
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Posted By LJ
These set me thinking. Yes, they do look like...

These set me thinking. Yes, they do look like Solomon Island artefacts and they look like clubs, but why have I never seen anything just like them. I tried searching online databases of BM, Te Papa,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th August 2018, 07:44 PM
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Posted By LJ
Great photos! Are those suits hanging on the wall...

Great photos! Are those suits hanging on the wall of Blair Castle padded cotton horseman's tunics ? Strange coincidence that by following the links in another post just added (wanting help with a...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th August 2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By LJ
I'm a bit confused with the word "Fundj". Is this...

I'm a bit confused with the word "Fundj". Is this the same as "Funj", i.e. the empire of Dar Funj, which ended in 1821 (if Wikipedia is to be believed !)

Does the use of the word suggest that the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 20th January 2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
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Posted By LJ
Does the Arabic inscription - which seems to read...

Does the Arabic inscription - which seems to read the same on both scabbards - give any indication of the origin ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th January 2018, 12:14 PM
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Posted By LJ
a mace?

Any thoughts on this? I wondered at first whether it might be a counter-weight for a lance but now think it was made as a mace. Could it be Ottoman or Persian or Chinese ? And, how old?

The...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th October 2017, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,871
Posted By LJ
But the one on the left does have an inscription...

But the one on the left does have an inscription on the blade. Does the word read Khartoum? The date 1318 [AH, i.e. 1900 AD] ?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,874
Posted By LJ
Oh yes, and I should have said that you need to...

Oh yes, and I should have said that you need to narrow your search down to items from the Amazon region !
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 11th November 2016, 09:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,874
Posted By LJ
It's worth a look at the online catalogue of...

It's worth a look at the online catalogue of 'Museum of the American Indian' website, where there is a club with a similarly strigated striking end and a flange at the handle end.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th June 2016, 09:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,205
Posted By LJ
The book "Living Races of Mankind" is often a...

The book "Living Races of Mankind" is often a good source for photographs of people of about a century ago. I've copied a photograph of two Bugis men from there.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2016, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 17,423
Posted By LJ
I've found the article. It was:...

I've found the article. It was: "Ethnoarchaeology, Museum Collections and Prehistoric Exchange: Obsidian-Tipped Artifacts from the Admiralty Islands" by Robin Torrence. Published in World...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 22nd June 2016, 06:52 PM
Replies: 25
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Posted By LJ
I have a particular liking for these, have seen...

I have a particular liking for these, have seen plenty in museums but haven't come across one for sale. The book "An ethnography of the Admiralty Islanders" by Sylvia Ohnemus" (1998) provides a good...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st June 2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,126
Posted By LJ
So ... going back to the B.M. online database and...

So ... going back to the B.M. online database and searching for "sword Liberia" it turns out they do have a similar one to this. But it has an old label giving the provenance as Calabar (which is in...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th May 2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,126
Posted By LJ
Just had another thought. William Oldman's...

Just had another thought. William Oldman's ledgers of purchases and sales are in the British Museum, so they should be available at their study centre. At least that might lead you to who Oldman got...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 29th May 2016, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,126
Posted By LJ
I've just looked at the Pitt Rivers online...

I've just looked at the Pitt Rivers online catalogue, searching for Baule knife and for Gabon knife. Nothing under Baule, but they have one - which looks very similar to the one sold by Oldman (is it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2016, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,126
Posted By LJ
Fischer & Zirngibl, Afrikanische Waffen, page 21,...

Fischer & Zirngibl, Afrikanische Waffen, page 21, illustrate one that is very similar to this, both in the shape of the hilt and the blade. They have it down as Baule and a "cult knife with wood...
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