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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 11:43 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Looking at the picture I posted it seems like...

Looking at the picture I posted it seems like this is a bit oval in shape, but it is in fact almost perfectly circular at 55cm x 54.5cm.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th June 2021, 11:35 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Here is my example. It has both characteristics,...

Here is my example. It has both characteristics, hide and cutouts, but with snakeskin (and even fragile tassles), but I noticed that the cut-outs on mine are smaller than usual.
Perhaps some overlap...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th May 2021, 08:44 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Yes Rick - the 1859 model of the Enfield was...

Yes Rick - the 1859 model of the Enfield was specifically made for Sepoy troops after the Indian Mutiny. It is the only version of the barrel with the 'dog kennel' foresight.
So, a smoothbore barrel...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 27th May 2021, 07:17 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Of course Rick, no problem. Nice to see them...

Of course Rick, no problem. Nice to see them appear here again.
I believe that both these guns started life as Sepoy smoothbores. One lock is dated 1855 Tower, crown and VR and broad arrow, but the...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 21st May 2021, 06:01 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Hi Rick Very glad you finally got one of your...

Hi Rick
Very glad you finally got one of your own - these two you just posted are mine. They were brought back from Saudi by a Swedish diplomat.
I bought them the got them sent here, but Danish...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 19th May 2021, 06:21 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
The better pictures are a big help. Now I can see...

The better pictures are a big help. Now I can see the remnants of the copper wire decoration on the hilt and pattern on the blade. Both suggest Yaka/Chokwe to me. Blade shape and size is consistent...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 18th May 2021, 10:41 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Congratulations on your new pieces :) That...

Congratulations on your new pieces :)
That sword blade looks to be rather more substantial than most. I am not doubting you, but why do you think Chokwe? This shape of blade seems to be used quite...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 17th May 2021, 08:50 AM
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Posted By Mefidk
Marc, I'll send you a pm and then I can share...

Marc, I'll send you a pm and then I can share collection pictures of kaskara, no need to bore everyone else. I remember now that you posted about the Ethiopian kaskara not long ago. Seems like our...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 15th May 2021, 08:36 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Hi Marc I had no idea Luc had published this...

Hi Marc
I had no idea Luc had published this book. I guess its hard to find (I will try!).
Thanks for the information.

Glad to know there is another addict out there. I've been collecting for 20...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 13th May 2021, 04:26 PM
Replies: 20
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Posted By Mefidk
Congratulations Pingdang, that is a really nice...

Congratulations Pingdang, that is a really nice first axe (or even first African piece). Its a Nsapo axe (they are a subgroup of the Songye). Very nice example of the type with ropelike metalwork and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th May 2021, 05:16 PM
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Posted By Mefidk
Thanks Detlef, I know this site, it belongs to a...

Thanks Detlef, I know this site, it belongs to a member here (and I linked to it in the thread on Congo sword Id) :)
I guess what I am asking for is whether there is any more detailed information...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 7th May 2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 3
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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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Views: 3,056
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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Views: 3,056
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: 2,793
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: 1,693
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: 2,793
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
Replies: 9
Views: 1,693
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
Views: 2,793
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: 2,793
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...
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