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Asian arms in Dutch master paintings
Dutch masters' fascination with exotic Asian wares shown in a series of paintings.
Group of arms from Tonkin
Probably from the French Tonkin campaign of the 1880s.
Gilt duanjian with foreign blade
Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Malabar coast Moplah sword
A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
NBTHK sword papers
An introduction to NBTHK Japanese sword certifications and rankings.
Chinese demon head saber
Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
Sword of the Mapilla Muslims of the Malabar Coast, South India.
Kunikiyo wakizashi, Yamano test cut
A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
A line of Japanese swordsmiths working in Echizen.
A group of sword makers in Bizen, Japan, active in the Muromachi period.
Yosōzaemon jo Sukesada (与三左衛門尉祐定)
A Japanese swordsmith from Osafune, Bizen, who lived from 1466-1542.
Sukesada uchigatana made August 1523
With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Handachi mounted wakizashi
With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
South Nias word for a specific type of sword.
Nias word for zoomorphic sword hilts with an open mouth with fangs.
A South Nias belatu salà
Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
A milam of the Garo
This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
A peculiar double-edged sword of the Garo people.
A Khasi dao
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Lotha Naga word for a group of large obsolete dao used in ceremonies.
Ao Naga word for a number of large, archaic swords used in ceremonies.
A peculiar type of two-handed sword from the Khasi Hills, Assam.
Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
Nimble Vietnamese saber
With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
Rare Modang Mandau
With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
A small utility knife used on the island of Borneo. Often carried with the Dayak mandau.
Montagnard short saber
Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Fine inlaid sikin panjang
Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
Sulawesi sword with VOC blade
A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Tiger hilt sword with VOC blade
With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Preanger sword with VOC blade
Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
Sumatran hilted Dutch saber
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
Large Chinese hunting knife
With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Japanese word for a single-handed curved sword, the predecessor of the katana.
A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
The former name of Lóngquán, a famous sword-making town in China.
Goat hilted Khyber sword
With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Flame backed double swords
With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
Good late Qing Longquan jian
With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
Solingen blade with pata hilt
Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Vietnamese kiếm in Chinese stye
Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
Rajput sosun pattah
With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
The O.T. Burne dha
With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
Kutch shamshir for Benson
Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Talwar of Mohta Bakhtawar Singh
A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
Nayar ritual sword
An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
South Indian pattissa
An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.