Asian arms in Dutch master paintingsDutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Sulawesi sword with VOC bladeA very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Cast iron compass rose guardA peculiar cast iron sword guard, probably from the South China Seas area.
Nanban kogai & kozuka set (futakoromono)The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
A sawasa hunting hangerSawasa is a copper-gold alloy that was patinated a "raven black" and then highlights were parcel-gilt.
An Indonesian blunderbussOf Chinese manufacture, traded widely and used gainst the Dutch during the Aceh Wars in 1873–1904.
Qing openwork saber guardA very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Chinese hùshǒu with lantsa scriptA Chinese sword guard from the 18th century with a Buddhist mantra in lantsa script.
A Vietnamese Christian crossConstructed out of dense hardwood and with fine mother-of-pearl inlays in the Vietnamese fashion.
A fine and unusual Dutch colonial gunBased on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
"South China Sea Guard"Most likely used by the multi-cultural crews of pirate fleets that roamed the South China seas.
Asian export sword guard
An interesting pierced iron Asian export sword guard that is part of a small group of guards that were made with a mu
Iron ship sword guardA chiseled iron sword guard depicting a Dutch ship with a figure on its stern.
Sinhalese export sword guardA large circular Asian export sword guard with elaborate decor carved in relief on both sides.
Asian export sword guardsSword guards that were made across Asia, specifically with export in mind.
Fine Canton-style export sword guard
Many Asian export sword guards, and later Japanese guards inspired by them, were modeled after
"Love of Lotus" Korean guard
Korean ceremonial sabers of the Joseon dynasty are pretty small and often exhi
Asian export disc guardThe design, overlaid in silver, gold, and copper, over a crosshatched background shows dragon amongst clouds.
A Japanese nanban style tsuba
An interesting little sword guard, of fairly simple form with designs carved i
A nanban kozuka / kogatanaNanban kozuka are extremely rare, and this is a particularly fine example.
Nanban tsuba & Asian export sword guardsFor long, "nanban tsuba" literally "Southern barbarian sword-guards" have been a catch-all classification for sword guards for Japanese swords (tsuba), that show foreign influence.
A nanban tsuba with Christian orb
A near round tsuba with beaded rim depicting two dragons in vegetal scrollwork.