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Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 9th July 2022, 04:54 AM
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Posted By ariel
Expertise by definition requires full-time...

Expertise by definition requires full-time involvement, professional education, vast knowledge, experience and stellar track record. Anything less than that defines an amateur.
Neither I nor you (...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2022, 09:53 PM
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Posted By ariel
Don’t we exaggerate the anti-iconic customs of...

Don’t we exaggerate the anti-iconic customs of Shia and Sunni?

Both Turkish Sultans and Persian Shahs invited European artists to have their portrais painted , Iranians had their khanjars with...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 6th July 2022, 04:13 PM
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Posted By ariel
Re. Your penultimate post. In the list on top...

Re. Your penultimate post.
In the list on top of it, points 1,2,and 3 are correct.
But to call Qutb Quli Shah a “ peasant” would be a slight exaggeration.
Overall, this list is ‘true, true and...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 11:10 PM
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Posted By ariel
Mercenary, You are correct: I used a...

Mercenary,
You are correct: I used a stenographic style to cite your text, and just wrote about simply contacts vs. cultural influence. Can you support your assertion with some evidence? IMHO, it...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 12:00 PM
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Posted By ariel
Ren Ren, I am a bit flabbergasted by your...

Ren Ren,
I am a bit flabbergasted by your comments.
First, I never claimed that Zheng He's trips were the source of Chinese swords entering India. It was simply in response to Mercenary's...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 5th July 2022, 11:45 AM
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Posted By ariel
Sorry, another double:-(((((

Sorry, another double:-(((((
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 04:31 PM
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Posted By ariel
Going back to the original topic of discussion:...

Going back to the original topic of discussion: any consructive thoughts about potential Chinese influence on the construction of the “ quillon”?
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 01:08 PM
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Posted By ariel
I always appreciate constructive help. That’s the...

I always appreciate constructive help. That’s the main reason I come to this site.
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 04:54 AM
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Posted By ariel
Viking age ended in 11 century. The earlier...

Viking age ended in 11 century. The earlier origin of “Varangian” sword are irrelevant to our discussion. What counts is an incontrovertible fact that it was Vikings ( Normans, Norsemen, Varangians ,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 03:46 AM
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Posted By ariel
Double

Double
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 4th July 2022, 03:40 AM
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Posted By ariel
I had to go to a big review by Sally Church...

I had to go to a big review by Sally Church doi:10.2307/40727457.
She discusses the plausibility of the claim that Zheng He’s flotilla contained 450 feet long trade ships.
Everything is based on...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2022, 01:12 AM
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Posted By ariel
Yes, post 1066 Normans became the ruling class in...

Yes, post 1066 Normans became the ruling class in England, and that is still felt by the double definitions of certain things in the English language.
There were no Brits in the 13 century India,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 1st July 2022, 12:56 AM
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Posted By ariel
I am not changing the subject: it was you who...

I am not changing the subject: it was you who mentioned “Russian” swords of 13 century. I just clarified that while we can legitimately speak of swords manufactured in Russia after ~ 15-16 century,...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 30th June 2022, 03:22 AM
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Posted By ariel
Rus has nothing to do with the current definition...

Rus has nothing to do with the current definition of Russia: Rus were Normans .
In the 13 century “ Russia’ as a state did not even exist: there were smal solitary city-states ruled by local princes...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2022, 11:35 PM
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Posted By ariel
Indeed, Fakr-i-Mudabbir's m/s does not extol the...

Indeed, Fakr-i-Mudabbir's m/s does not extol the superiority of Indian or Chinese blades. Please read carefully: Elgood simply quotes Digby's interpretation of Mudabbir's text as indicative of...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 28th June 2022, 11:44 AM
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Posted By ariel
Just to put a cherry on top, see Elgood’s ...

Just to put a cherry on top, see Elgood’s chapter on European swords in Deccan( “Sultans of the South” p.218).
On p.223 he cites Simon Digby that evidence by Fakr-i- Mudabbir in in Delhi early...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 05:35 PM
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Posted By ariel
Active Chinese trade in Kollam ( Malabar Coast)...

Active Chinese trade in Kollam ( Malabar Coast) was mentioned by Ibn Battuta in XIV century.
Most likely, it started well before that, if it was “active” then:-)
“Postmodernist” is a fancy word ...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 14th June 2022, 10:09 AM
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Posted By ariel
That's strange... Are we to believe that...

That's strange...
Are we to believe that Chinese influences jumped over India (despite having direct border and multiple maritime exploits) to Iran and only then,- from Iran, and only in the XVI...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 10th June 2022, 09:05 PM
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Posted By ariel
Deccan tulwar

Usually, there is a major difficulty to attribute bladed weapons to Deccan Sultanates.
But here is an unquestionably Deccani tulwar, also sold by Czerny's for 3400 euro + the usual 30% fee etc.
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