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Asia, South (India & Sri Lanka)
Dhanurveda of circa 1100-800 B.C.
Indian spearheads and butt
A set for the beginning collector.
Khanda with etched blade
A late 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.
Name for a type of dagger we now tend to call chilanum.
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.
Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
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.
An early "piha-kaetta"
Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Pesh-kabz (پیش قبض)
Widely used Persian word for a type of dagger.
Persian word for a type of marquetry work.
A parakeet shaped ankus head
Made with a separate parakeet-shaped hook, attached to long tanged spearhead.
A south Indian ankus head
South India, made of chiseled iron with bird-bodied yali creatures.
Unusual Indian zulfiqar sword
With bifurcated S-shaped blade in talwar hilt.
Wakizashi in Burmese hilt
An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.
An unusual ḍhāl
A translucent hide shield with gilt brass ornaments. Probably Nepalese of for a Nepalese client.
Hindi word for shield.
Hindi word for a type of arm protection.
Persian word for a piece of lower arm protection.
A Punjabi arm guard
Made of steel, decorated with fine gold overlay in a pattern of swastikas.
A katar with true inlay decoration
Late 17th century. With wootz blade and enamel chape.
Wootz talwar with pierced scabbard
With fine gold overlaid hilt, tight-grained wootz blade and elaborately pierced scabbard.
Word used for an Indian sword with hunting scenes.
Talwar with Mamluk style blade
In Punjabi style hilt, with elaborately chiseled blade.
Kirć (किर्च) / kirić (किरिच)
Hindi name for a type of slightly curved sword with concave edged.
A kirach with hunting scenes
Its blade pattern-welded and chiseled with designs of hunters and animals.
Indian pata with Solingen blade
With a blade of 17th-century European manufacture, with trader's name on it.