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Antique Shotel Sword with Wood Grip and Leather Scabbard. Ethiopia. Africa.

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    A shotel is a curved double-edged sword originating in Ethiopia or Abyssinia. The Ethiopian swordsmen who were trained in using this weapon were known as shotelai. The curve on the shotel’s blade varies from the Persian shamshir.   Battle use of the Shotel involves “hooking” attacks both against… Continue reading

Antique Chinese Warrior Spear Head – Military Weapon, North China

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Detail: This spear head comes from northern China near the Manchurian border and was used as a military weapon. The shaft is long-gone but the housing for the shaft sits on the lower part of a brass piece connecting it to the main spear. Rust and corrosion… Continue reading

Barbed Arrow / Spear / Weapon, Handcarved from the Nimo Tribe, Arian River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies . . . enemies who might have stolen livestock or crops from another. Used infrequently but ONLY for the purpose of killing a person. The head of the arrow is about 14” long and an inch… Continue reading

Bone Arrow / Spear / Weapon Handcarved from Nimo Tribe, Aria River, Sepik Region, Papua New Guinea

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Detail: This spear / arrow was used to hunt human enemies. It’s head is made of bone. The original owner is a member of the Nimo Tribe located on the Aria River, a tributary of the May River. Specifically used to hunt HUMANS, but not that… Continue reading

Antique Brass and White Jade Letter Opener, China

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Detail: I have had this opener in my personal collection for a number of years. High quality Jadeite and brass that is lightly engraved with a floral motif. Silk box. Superb quality and in good condition. A great and lasting gift for someone special or… Continue reading

Batak Piso Halasan Sword / Knife, Sumatra

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Detail: Hilt and scabbard are carved from bone or from some resin composite material (although I have never seen a resin composite come out of Sumatra that is this old). ASO (human-like) traditional figures are carved at both ends and insects, geckos and plant life are carved on… Continue reading

Kris Badik Knife / Dagger, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a traditional Malay dagger used as a weapon of defense or for more domestic purposes. The blade has Holy verses from the Quran. The scabbard and hilt are made of bone and decorated with silver plated metal. Good condition. Circa early- to mid- 1900’s. This item is no longer available.

Dayak Mandau Ilang Small Knives, Borneo

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Detail: This is a pair of knives. The Parang Ilang (or Mandau) means double knife because it has a main sword and a small knife fitted in the back of the sheath. These two knives are the “small knives” and they come from the Dayak tribe of Borneo. The scabbards… Continue reading

Antique Tumbuk Lada Keris Sword, Malay Sumatra

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Detail: An aristocrat’s Tumbuk Lada carved from – what I am convinced is – elephant bone. The Tumbuk Lada – translates as “chili crusher” – is a common type of dagger on the Malay Peninsula in Sumatra. Slightly curved with a single sharp edge, the blade is iron. This is… Continue reading

Blowgun / Blowpipe Quiver & Darts, Malaysia

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Detail: From the Orang Asli tribe most likely in the Taman Negara, one of the oldest rainforests in the world. Hand carved from old bamboo. Dome top with carved stem. Darts are recent. Rare in this condition. Circa early 1900’s. For the Serious Collector. See Spear / Blowpipe / Blowgun Item: W-4945.
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