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Early yasurime bori menpo

Early yasurime bori menpo

Russet iron, one-piece construction with decorative grooves.
Hulu Balu Mekabun

Hulu Radon / Hulu Balu Mekabun

Indonesian name for a keris hilt depicting a veiled woman
Unusual alphabet tsuba logo

Early tsuba with alphabet

Curious early tsuba with the beginning of the Western alphabet inscribed into it.
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Curious lobed sword guard

Modeled after a smallsword guard, with carvings of Western figures.
Shimazu clan daisho logo

Shimazu mon daishō

A pair of daishō with blades forged by the Takada smiths of Bungo in the north of Kyūshū.
Mino-bori logo

Mino-bori (美濃彫)

Language: Japanese
Source: Michitatsu's Sōken Kishō of 1781

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Muramasa masterpiece tantō

A masterpiece by the "cursed" smith, active in the early 16th century.
Chinese stirrups

Ming period stirrups

Forged iron, swiveled stirrups with an entirely beaded frame and openwork platforms.
Tibetan pierced iron saddle bows

Pierced iron saddle bows

This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.
Kanabo school jumonji yari

Jumonji yari by Kanabō Masazane

Made in the 16th century, for the warrior monks of the Hozo-in temple in Nara.
Kapwah dagger logo

Early Mughal kapwah

An over 400-year-old Mughal court dagger. Once lavishly decorated with gold.
Kundan setting logo

kundan (कुंदन)

It literally means "gold" but is also a technique for setting gems into brittle surfaces.
Vijayanagara katar logo

Vijayanagara hooded katar

With crisp, extremely very well-preserved wootz blade.
Slender chilanum dagger logo

Slender chilanum dagger

Of elegant form with very crisp blade.
Parrying dagger logo

16th century left-hand dagger

Nice European parrying dagger, possibly German or Swiss.
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Early Indian shield

Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
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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.
Momoyama kabuto

Golden kabuto with iron menpo

A striking battle helmet from the Momoyama period of 1568-1600 A.D.
Uchigatana logo

Uchigatana (打刀)

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

Vijayanagara katar

A 16th hooded katar with the wide, ribbed blade that is characteristic for this period.
16th century pattisa logo

South Indian pattissa

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

Khapwa / Kapwah

An Indian type of dagger.