Literally "skull splitter", more widely known as kabutowari; "helmet splitter." An excellent example, one of the best…
The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron, known for their 1000 monkey designs.
A small pointy Bhutanese dagger in a silver scabbard of a style associated with the ruling house.
Fine work and one of the very few enamelled tsuba by this maker.
In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
With all silver construction, including the blade.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
Fine German hunting flintlock with captured Ottoman barrel.
With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandala
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
A rarer variety with a hilt that takes inspiration from the kora and talwar.
Peculiar shield with catching hook, used by the Santali people of Bengal.
An enigmatic type of axe, this one probably from tribal north India.
These handsome daggers were worn by the nomadic Hadendoa people, their name has been interpreted as meaning "Lion Clan".
Made of pasteboard, finely lacquered with roses and nightengales.
A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.
Of the silver overlaid type made in Mindan, with an unusual story on the blade.
A curious slashing weapon from northern Borneo.
A textbook example of this rare and early type of keris.
The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.
Mentioning the son of a Maharajah and a year corresponding to 1887 A.D.
The very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Very rare subtype of a Khond tribal axe with double points.
Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.
A peculiar type of knife worn in the north of Nias.
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
It represents the best of Burmese silversmithing with repousse work in high relief.
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A rare type of dagger from South Kalimantan, loosely based on Islamic daggers seen worn by traders.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
Of jambiya form, with pattern welded blade and fine silver scabbard mounts.
Executed in "nanban style" openwork with chiseled and gold-encrusted peonies.
A standard pattern Qing military saber, but with the rare addition of a label in Manchu.
Large and heavy example with the notable Umlauff provenance.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its outer surface is decorated with interlocking swastikas and family crests.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The only set of its type known to me in both private and museum collections.
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.