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Asian arms in old European paintings logo

Asian arms in Dutch master paintings

Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Khmer dagger

Khmer dagger

A rare thousand-year-old dagger from the Khmer empire.
Balinese keris of Ferdinand Blok

Balinese keris of Ferdinand Blok

The 9-luk blade of strong proportions is engraved with the face of a demon.
Rare beladau lebar dagger from southern Kalimantan logo

Rare beladau lebar dagger

A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.
Piso raout

Piso raout

A small utility knife used on the island of Borneo. Often carried with the Dayak mandau.
Large piso raout

A giant piso raout

An oversized utility knife of the headhunters of Borneo.
old Javanese dagger with stiletto blade logo

West-Javanese stiletto dagger

Early piece with an unusual European-style stiletto blade.
Sino-Vietnamese dagger

Polished Sino-Vietnamese dagger

A heavy Sin-Vietnamese fighting knife, with recently polished blade.
Broad Vietnamese fighting knife

Broad Vietnamese knife

Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Qing liedao

Large Chinese hunting knife

With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Eastern Tibetan or Jinchuan dagger logo

Studded Eastern Tibetan dagger

Of Kham area regional style, with a grip studded with turquoises and corals.
Vijayanagara hooded katar logo

Vijayanagara katar

A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
1709 kard dagger logo

Central Asian dated kard 1709

With wootz blade inlaid in gold with the name of the maker and the owner.
Indian dagger

A fine north Indian dagger

Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Jamdhar katari

Jamdhar kátári

Hindu term for an archaic form of dagger.
Jamdhar katari logo

Jamdhar katari

A Hindu dagger following an ancient style that was preserved in Afghanistan.
Sabiki or wahhabite jambiya logo

Sabiki or "Wahhabite jambiya"

With a long, sword-like blade characteristic of this type. With original belt.
Jamdhar sehlicaneh

Jamdhar sehlicaneh

A triple-pointed push dagger.
Jamdhar doulicaneh logo

Jamdhar doulicaneh

A double-pointed push dagger.
Mecca jambiya

A "Mecca" Jambiya

A style of dagger often associated with the pilgrimage to Mecca.
Double edged Bhutanese dagger logo

Double-edged Bhutanese dagger

With triple grooves and in heavy silver mountings.
kirichchiya logo

A Sinhalese kirichchiya

A rare type of Sinhalese dagger with stylized bird hilt and blade with backedge.
Qianlong's Jinchuan dagger logo

The Qianlong emperor's dagger from Jinchuan

In this article, we will zoom into a shortsword or dagger that was obtained from the Jinchuan campaigns of 1747-1749 and 1771-1776.
Moro ceremonial kalis sundang

Ceremonial Moro kalis

Measuring almost a meter, with exceptional blade for a ceremonial keris.
Paiwan tjakit logo

Paiwan tjakit with provenance

It was collected by Laurens Langewis, an early 20th-century ethnographer and author.
Studded Kham dagger logo

Fine Tibetan gem studded dagger

A very rare type of dagger that originates from the borderlands of Eastern Tibet and Sichuan.
Madura keris

Old Madura keris

With carved wooden hilt with a beautiful deep patina. Blade in old finish.
Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Sinhalese coral hilted knife

Also known as piha-kaetta, this is more correctly a pihiya.
Fine Philippine bolo

A fine Philippine bolo

The blade inlaid with brass, complete with a horn scabbard with pierced decoration.
Balinese keris logo

Balinese keris

A classic example with an older blade and timaha wood scabbard.
Yunnan Dai dagger

A fine Yunnan Dai dagger

With characteristic bulb pommel and silver plating on hilt and scabbard.
Northern katar with southern design logo

A northern katar in southern style

Exhibiting southern style beaded edges with northern style construction and gold.
17th century chiseled iron katar logo

South Indian chiseled iron katar

A nice honest example of an early south Indian katar with great sculptural qualities.
Fine piha-kaetta with velvet scabbard

Fine piha kaetta with velvet scabbard

A very fine example with beautifully chiseled silver pommel plate.
Very good Sinhalese ul-pihiya

A very good ul-pihiya

A Sinhalese knife with lavish silver mounts and overlay.
Sinhalese piha-kaetta logo

A fine, heavy piha kaetta

Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.
Kirichchiya

Kirichchiya (කිරිච්චය)

Sinhalese word for a type of dagger.
Sinhalese dagger logo

Sinhalese kirichchiya

With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.
Sinhalese pihiya logo

An early "piha-kaetta"

Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.
Stone hilted pesh-kabz logo

Stone-hilted pesh-kabz

A very large example with a strongly reinforced tip and stone handle scales.
Pesh-kabz logo

Pesh-kabz (پیش قبض)

Widely used Persian word for a type of dagger.
Afghan dagger logo

Pashtun dagger

With blonde horn grip scales and brass plated scabbard.
Wood hilted dahmjaun

Wood hilted dahmjaun

With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.
Pesh kabz

Pesh kabz with horn plated hilt

An excellently designed thrusting dagger with T-spine and sharp tip.
Good antique Vietnamese fighting knife

Good Vietnamese dagger

An unusually ornate version of what is normally a very simple weapon.
Vietnamese dagger logo

Vietnamese knife

A simple early 20th-century fighting dagger with ribbed grip.
Acehnese rencong

Rencong

An Acehnese type of thrusting dagger.
Sumatran rencong dagger logo

An Acehnese rencong

A peculiar form of dagger found on the northern part of the island of Sumatra.
Hanshee khukuri logo

Hanshee khukurī (हँसिया खुकुरी)

A commonly used name for an early type of long slender khukurī.
Hanshee khukuri logo

A hanshee khukurī

A rare and sought-after type. This one comes in its original silver mounted scabbard.