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Pattissa

Paṭṭiśaḥ (पट्टिश)

Language: Sanskrit
Origin: Dhanurveda of circa 1100-800 B.C.

Ottoman sword with twist-core blade

Ottoman Turkish ribbon sword

A remarkable example of bladesmithing with a 5 row twist-core pattern that meanders over the blade.
Indian khanda with etched blade

Khanda with etched blade

A late 19th-century type with an etched blade, simulating patterned steel.
An Eastern Tibetan dpa'dam logo

Eastern Tibetan or Yunnan zhibeidao

A simple piece, but with a nicely etched blade typical for the Tibetan / Sichuan borderlands.
Tibetan pierced iron shortsword logo

Tibetan shortsword with pierced mounts

With characteristic pointy hairpin forged blade.
Hamon logo

Hamon (刃文)

Japanese term for the temperline on a blade, typically achieved by differential heat treatment.
Afghan military saber logo

Afghan military saber

With an armory stamp dated Hijri 1326, corresponding to about 1908.
Qing military saber with Manchu label logo

The saber of Manchu Wu Songlu

A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Qing dynasty dadao logo

A large Qing dàdāo

Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
Palembang pedang benkok with twistcore blade

Palembang twist-core pedang

A Palembang style sword with a fine twist-core blade and carved hardwood scabbard.
Bhutanese patag sword with silver scabbard

Bhutanese "churi chenm" sword

This style was worn by nobles and senior officials.
Parang beladah logo

Parang beladeh / parang belabang

A curved saber from the southern part of the island of Borneo.
Parang ilang logo

Duku apang

Iban (Sea Dayak) word for parang ilang, a.k.a. mandau, the Borneo headhunter's sword.
Daku logo

Duku

Iban (Sea Dayak) word for sword.
Tiger stripe talwar

Talwar with wootz hilt and blade

With Persian style blade, showing Indian workmanship.
Fine patterned sikin panjang logo

Very good sikin panjang

Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Jinchuan Fanjian logo

Jīnchuān shortsword

Jinchuan aborigines sword, the Qianlong emperor's name for this type of sword.
Jun Huo Ju Shuangshoudao logo

Jūn Huǒ Jú-made shuāng shǒudāo

Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Jun Huo Ju saber logo

Jūn Huǒ Jú-made saber

Produced in the ordnance factory in Zengbu, near Guangzhou.
Murut parapat sword logo

A Murut parapat

The sword of the Murut headhunters of northern Borneo.
Lin gin dha logo

A streaked lin gin

These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Medium length Chinese straightsword jian logo

Chinese medium size jian

A heavy piece with a substantial blade, with smooth bronze mounts.
Chinese double swords with hook

Double shortswords with belt hook

A classic set of Chinese double swords, complete with suspension and hook.
Kuiwen shuang duanjian logo

Chinese paired shortswords

Cantonese double swords with archaic dragon design mounts.
Duanjian logo

Duǎnjiàn (短劍)

The Chinese word for a short straightsword.
Early duanjian logo

Early Chinese shortsword

A classic duanjian, but of somewhat earlier manufacture than most.
Carved scabbard shuangjian logo

Shuāngjiàn with carved scabbard

A paired jian of fushou type, with carved hardwood scabbard.
Unusual Chinese saber with figure head pommel logo

Unusual Chinese saber

Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Scientific analysis of southeast Asian swords logo

Scientific analysis of two Southeast Asian swords

Using X-ray fluorescence and radiocarbon dating.
Khmer style dha

SE Asian dha (carbon 14 dated)

In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
Old excavated dha logo

An old dha (carbon 14 dated)

Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
Prince Constantin Wiasemsky dha

The Wiasemsky Montagnard dha

Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
Lalaw sword logo

Large Atayal lalaw sword

A particularly nice example with 120 iron bands holding the blade.
Ainu sword logo

Ainu sword in Japanese polish

Exceedingly rare Ainu sword. Comes in an old Japanese collection box.
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.
Old excavated dha logo

An excavated dha sword

With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Peudeueng logo

Acehnese peudeueng

With Hindu style basket hilt and local blade in European style.
Sukul nganga hilt

Sukul nganga

A type of Batak sword hilt.
Kalasan

Kalasan

A type of Batak sword
Batak sword logo

A Karo Batak kalasan sword

An almost textbook example of a silver-plated kalasan.
Toba Batak sword logo

Toba Batak sword

With cast-bronze guarding figure hilt.
Parapat logo

Parapat

The sword of the Murut, headhunters of northern Borneo.
Pakayun logo

Pakayun

Commonly used name for the sword of the Muruts, headhunters of northern Borneo.
Glupa icon

Glupa / Gloepa

Acehnese word for a golden crown at the base of swords and daggers.
Sikin panjang golden crown logo

Sikin panjang with golden crown

In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.
Longquan logo

Lóngquán (龍泉)

A town in Zhejiang province, China, known as a sword making center.
Peudeueng logo

Peudeueng

An Acehnese type of saber
Hindu basket hilt

Hindu basket hilt

A type of Indian closed hilt design.
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.
Hudiedao with Tongsheng marking

Signed húdiédāo set

Of military style with long, narrow blades and ribbed hardwood grips.