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Asia, South (India & Sri Lanka)
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Malabar coast Moplah sword
A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
Early Indian shield
Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
Punjabi koftgari lockbox
Iron lockbox with key, decorated with the gold koftgari normally seen on arms.
Sword of the Mapilla Muslims of the Malabar Coast, South India.
A milam of the Garo
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
A peculiar double-edged sword of the Garo people.
A Khasi dao
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Lotha Naga word for a group of large obsolete dao used in ceremonies.
Ao Naga word for a number of large, archaic swords used in ceremonies.
Bikaner lance head
With square cross-section point and several Bikaner armory markings.
A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Goat hilted Khyber sword
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Solingen blade with pata hilt
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
Heavy Sikh chakram
Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
Rajput sosun pattah
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
Kutch shamshir for Benson
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Talwar of Mohta Bakhtawar Singh
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
Nayar ritual sword
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
South Indian pattissa
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.
Dhanurveda of circa 1100-800 B.C.
Boy's brass hilted patá
With charming zoomorphic gauntlet with feline head.
Indian spearheads and butt
A set for the beginning collector.
Khanda with etched blade
A 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
A fine north Indian dagger
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Indian madu parrying weapon
Made with two antelope horns and an iron shield.
Māḍū (माडू) (Márú / Maduvu)
Marathi word for a parrying weapon consisting of two antelope horns.
A triple-pointed push dagger.
A double-pointed push dagger.
Talwar with wootz hilt and blade
With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
An Indian group of castes. Historically warrior castes.
Silver overlaid talwar hilt
Never mounted, still with the shop's wooden stopper.
A remarkable Khond axe
The best of its kind known to me, with silver overlay and ivory finial.
A Sinhalese kirichchiya
A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Sinhalese coral hilted knife
Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
South Indian spearhead
From Tamil Nadu. With clean lines and precise geometry.
South Indian tungi axe
A relatively rare variety of an Indian war axe, called tungi.
Tribal Art Fair spring 2021
This year I will participate in the online Tribal Art fair, along with 30 dealers from around the world showing their latest offerings in this genre.
South Indian spear butt
Made of iron, weighted with two flattened spheres, all with chiseled decoration.
A northern katar in southern style
Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
South Indian chiseled iron katar
A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Literally "foreigner", Hindi term for a European sword mounted in Indian hilt.
Hindu basket hilt
A type of Indian closed hilt design.
Fine piha kaetta with velvet scabbard
A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
A very good ul-pihiya
A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
A fine, heavy piha kaetta
Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Sinhalese word for a type of dagger.
With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.