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Hirado Kunishige tsuba logo

Enamelled Hirado Kunishige tsuba

Signed Hirado Ju Kunishige
Hirado Kunishige logo

Hirado Kunishige (平戸市國重)

A group of Japanese sword fitting makers working on the island of Hirado.
Keris panjang with European blade logo

European sword blade keris

In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
Chinese yidao guard logo

Yidao guard

Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Three wise monkeys tsuba logo

Three wise monkeys tsuba

Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Shimosaka o-tanto

Shimosaka o-tantō

N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
Southern katar logo

Southern katar with thick point

The blade with an extremely thick point on a very thin blade.
Golden groove peidao logo

Qing peidao with gold grooves

With fine 18th century blade that combines many stylistic features.
Sinhalese pihiya logo

Sinhalese pihiya

A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Silver hilted keris coteng logo

Silver hilted keris coteng

A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.
Very fine Tibetan dpa'dam logo

Tibetan cavalry dpa'dam

With massive blade and silk brocade decorated scabbard.
Deccan firanghi

Deccan firanghi with silver overlay

The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.
Jumyo katana logo

Jumyo katana with fine koshirae

The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Musashi Taro Yasukuni logo

Musashi Taro Yasukuni (武蔵太郎安国)

A Japanese swordsmith who lived between 1650-1730.
Shin jugomai kobuse logo

Shin jūgomai kōbuse-gitae (真十五枚甲伏鍛え)

Japanese sword construction that is was found inscribed on some tangs.
Ainu items group

Knives and swords of the Ainu

19th-century ethnographers noticed that they had no iron production and relied solely on trade for articles like knives and swords. However, archaeologists found iron working facilities in 1988 and 1990.
Korean bowcase and quiver logo

Korean bowcase & quiver

A very rare matching set of Korean bowcase and quiver.
Fine gilt duanjian overall

Gilt duanjian with foreign blade

Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Winged dragon tsuba

Winged dragon tsuba

A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
Kinai tsuba logo

Fine Kinai dragon tsuba

Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
Handachi wakizashi

Handachi mounted wakizashi

With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
Bikaner lance

Bikaner lance head

With square cross-section point and several Bikaner armory markings.
South Sulawesi sword VOC marked blade

Sulawesi sword with VOC blade

A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Javanese tiger hilt sword

Tiger hilt sword with VOC blade

With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Preanger gobang sword with dated VOC blade logo

Preanger sword with VOC blade

Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade logo

West-Javanese stiletto dagger

Early piece with an unusual European-style stiletto blade.
Command arrow logo

Lìngjiàn (令箭) or "Command Arrow"

A special arrow used to prove one's authority.
Sirohi sword logo

Sirōhī (सिरोही)

A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Bhutanese shortsword logo

Bhutanese shortsword

From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Vietnamese matchlock musket logo

Súng hỏa mai

Vietnamese word for matchlock musket.
Persian axe logo

Persian wootz axe

With fine chiseled decoration and largely intact koftgari.
Chakram logo

Heavy Sikh chakram

Traditionally associated with Vishnu, it was an essential piece of equipment for the Sikh nihang.
Marwar talwar presented to Mohta Bakhtawar Singh logo

Talwar of Mohta Bakhtawar Singh

A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
Bowcase and quiver logo

Tibetan bowcase & quiver

A matched set of lacquered leather, finely decorated with gradient colors and black and gold detailing.
Nayar sword logo

Nayar ritual sword

An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
1709 kard dagger logo

Central Asian dated kard 1709

With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
Nanban kogai and kozuka called futakoromono

Nanban kogai & kozuka set (futakoromono)

The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Korean jangdo

Golden inlaid Korean jangdo

Made of blackened copper-gold alloy, finely inlaid with poems in pure gold.