Considered one of the best makers of naginata, he worked for the household of Fukushima Masanori.
Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.
Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.
Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.
The thick and heavy blade is marked with a script that has yet to be identified.
Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.
With fine flaming pamor blade and notched "cekah redut" hilt.
A masterpiece of the genre. The Yagami school were excellent carvers of iron.
In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
Japanese sword guard depicting three wise monkeys conveying the message see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.
Silk horse mask from the Xianbei ruled dynasty which ruled northern China from 386 to 534 A.D.
With markings attributing it to the Tongzhou incident and a Japanese surrender tag.
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 very detailed mountings are decorated with designs of Japanese spiny lobsters.
Rare double-edged shortsword of the Ifugao of northern Luzon.
Nice and complete example with talisman basket. Probably 20th century.
A fine and unusually large tsuba. Attributed to Hizen by the NBTHK.
These mysterious weapons were already obsolete when the first ethnographers encountered them.
A robust and heavy example, crafted with care.
Using a possibly captured M1898 "klewang" blade.
Broad bladed example with horn hilt and engraved blade.
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.
A peculiar tsuba with a depiction of Bodhidharma and two dragon chasing a pearl.
Its blade with very fine and complex pamor, brought out by a polish.
Built around an imported blade, with a human head shaped pommel.
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.
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
With fine twist-core pamor and carved wooden scabbard.
A by-knife for a Japanese sword, with a hilt shaped like a sword tang.
Of classic shape, with a leaf-shaped blade on a socket, connected by a cast bronze base.
A very rare Chinese saber guard dating from the height of the Qing dynasty.
Based on the Dutch Beaumont mechanism, but with Indonesian twist forged barrel and golden inlays.
With broad silver-clad scabbard, worked entirely in repousse.
A rather unusual Vietnamese falchion, by lack of a better n