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Pictorial sources on Asian arms and armor

Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

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In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural…
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
A double-edged samurai tool with morbid origins.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine…
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.