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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.
Tonkin arms group

Group of arms from Tonkin

Probably from the French Tonkin campaign of the 1880s.
Fine gilt duanjian overall

Gilt duanjian with foreign blade

Unusual Chinese duanjian with fine gilt mounts and a blade of non-Chinese origin.
Malabar coast Moplah sword logo

Malabar coast Moplah sword

A fine and somewhat unusual specimen, with engraved brass mounts and hardwood grip.
NBTHK papers

NBTHK sword papers

An introduction to NBTHK Japanese sword certifications and rankings.
Chinese demon head saber

Chinese demon head saber

Based on a Chinese military saber blade, with unusual horn demon hilt
Moplah logo

Moplah (sword)

Sword of the Mapilla Muslims of the Malabar Coast, South India.
Kunikiyo wakizashi with horimono tested by Yamano 2 body cut

Kunikiyo wakizashi, Yamano test cut

A wakizashi by master Kunikiyo, tested by the most famous sword tester of 17th century Japan.
Kunikiyo logo

Kunikiyo (國清)

A line of Japanese swordsmiths working in Echizen.
Sukesada logo

Bizen Sukesada

A group of sword makers in Bizen, Japan, active in the Muromachi period.
Yosozaemon Sukesada

Yosōzaemon jo Sukesada (与三左衛門尉祐定)

A Japanese swordsmith from Osafune, Bizen, who lived from 1466-1542.
Sukesada

Sukesada uchigatana made August 1523

With a sayagaki by Honma sensei attributing it to Yosozaemon.
Handachi wakizashi

Handachi mounted wakizashi

With Nanban-style guard and kozuka. Signed Fujiwara Hisayoshi.
Nias Balatu salà logo

Balatu salà

South Nias word for a specific type of sword.
Nias zoomorphic pommel

Niòbawa lawölò

Nias word for zoomorphic sword hilts with an open mouth with fangs.
Nias belatu logo

A South Nias belatu salà

Rare sword from the headhunters of Nias. Complete with talismanic basket and belt hook.
Milam sword of the Garo people of Assam

A milam of the Garo

This peculiar sword was used by the Garo people of Assam for fighting, clearing the jungle, and animal sacrifices.
Garo milam dao

Milam

A peculiar double-edged sword of the Garo people.
Khasi dao

A Khasi dao

These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
Yanthang sword logo

Yanthang

Lotha Naga word for a group of large obsolete dao used in ceremonies.
Noklang logo

Noklang

Ao Naga word for a number of large, archaic swords used in ceremonies.
Khasi dao logo

Khasi dao

A peculiar type of two-handed sword from the Khasi Hills, Assam.
Tonkinese saber collected 1885-1887 logo

Tonkinese saber

Collected by Victor Auguste Robin, a senior officer of the Tonkin expeditionary force 1885-1887.
Antique Vietnamese saber logo

Nimble Vietnamese saber

With a narrow, double fullered blade and sharp tip and brass mounts in the earlier style.
Modang mandau

Rare Modang Mandau

With the characteristic carved face hilt and the rarer "sarong seltoep" scabbard.
Piso raout

Piso raout

A small utility knife used on the island of Borneo. Often carried with the Dayak mandau.
Montagnard saber logo

Montagnard short saber

Of the hill peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam.
Sikin panjang with inlaid blade

Fine inlaid sikin panjang

Complete example with the rarer feature of inlays at the base of the blade.
South Sulawesi sword VOC marked blade

Sulawesi sword with VOC blade

A very good sword from South Sulawesi (Celebes) with silver mounts and a dated VOC blade.
Javanese tiger hilt sword

Tiger hilt sword with VOC blade

With Dutch VOC blade, marked with the Amsterdam monogram.
Preanger gobang sword with dated VOC blade logo

Preanger sword with VOC blade

Blade marked with VOC Amsterdam monogram, and the year 1769.
West Javanese gobang

West-Javanese gobang

The sword of the Sundanese people of the Preanger highlands.
Dutch military m19898 saber in Sumatran hilt logo

Sumatran hilted Dutch saber

Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
Qing liedao

Large Chinese hunting knife

With fine blade in recent polish. With resting scabbard.
Uchigatana logo

Uchigatana (打刀)

Japanese word for a single-handed curved sword, the predecessor of the katana.
Sirohi sword logo

Sirōhī (सिरोही)

A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Longyuan Logo

Lóngyuān (龍渊)

The former name of Lóngquán, a famous sword-making town in China.
Goat hilted Khyber sword logo

Goat hilted Khyber sword

With gold plated hilt and pattern welded blade.
Laos double swords logo

Flame backed double swords

With dramatically shaped blades and inlaid hilts.
Longquan jian logo

Good late Qing Longquan jian

With bat-shaped guard. A very high-quality example for the time period.
Pata with Solingen blade

Solingen blade with pata hilt

Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
Bhutanese shortsword logo

Bhutanese shortsword

From the P. Holstein collection, published in 1931.
Vietnamese kiem in Chinese style

Vietnamese kiếm in Chinese stye

Utilizing a Chinese guard and following the Chinese hilt design.
Rajput sosun pattah

Rajput sosun pattah

With wootz blade, Marwari style hilt, and its original red velvet scabbard.
Sosun pattah

Sosun Pattah

With Persian wootz blade, engraved at forte with floral designs.
The dha of O.T. Burne

The O.T. Burne dha

With silver overlaid blade and silver mounts worked in repousse. With some of Burne's personal items.
Kutch pattern welded Shamshir made for Benson

Kutch shamshir for Benson

Blade of Persian shamshir form, but of Indian make. Mounts in Kutch style gilt copper.
Marwar talwar presented to Mohta Bakhtawar Singh logo

Talwar of Mohta Bakhtawar Singh

A fine Marwari talwar presented to the Dewan (chief minister) of Bikaner in 1756 A.D.
Nayar sword logo

Nayar ritual sword

An unusually ornate iteration of the design, intended for Hindu ceremonies.
16th century pattissa logo

South Indian pattissa

An early example, late Vijayanagara empire, with a fine wootz spatulate blade.