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Hulu Balu Mekabun

Hulu Radon / Hulu Balu Mekabun

Indonesian name for a keris hilt depicting a veiled woman
17th century Javanese spearhead

17th century Javanese tombak

With floral overlay, kinatah, typical for the period.
Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners logo

Thick Aoi gata tsuba with foreigners

With fine golden overlays, even on the thick rim.
Asian export sword guard with foreigners logo

Aoi-gata tsuba with foreigners

Unusual tsuba with foreign figures and Chinese auspicious symbols.
Sawasa ink container logo

Sawasa east indian inkwell

Sawasa is metalware in black and gold made primarily for the Dutch expat community in Asia.
17th century Chinese saber guard

17th century Chinese saber guard

With the swirling arabesque motifs that are typical for this period.
Chinese Porcelain dish with the Virgin Mary and child

Chinese dish with lady mary and child

A rare early dish meant for a Christian market.
Very good Deccan chilanum logo

Very good Deccan chilanum

A large example in excellent state of preservation.
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.
Early Edo samural armor logo

Early Edo samurai armor

Very heavy armor, made for business.
Mino-bori logo

Mino-bori (美濃彫)

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

Mino Mitsunaka

Mino Mitsunaka (美濃光仲)

A Japanese sword fittings artist who worked in the Mino-bori style.
Chinese openwork sword guard

Southern Chinese openwork sword guard

In the style of northern work of the 16th and 17th centuries
Early Canton tsuba

Early Canton tsuba

Made in Canton, China, for the Japanese market.
Colonial revolving matchlock with Vietnamese decoration logo

Colonial revolving matchlock gun

With five chamber canister. The whole in silver gilt overlay with Vietnamese decorative elements.
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.
Tuanlian jian logo

Large Ming tuánliàn jiàn

A large piece dating from the Ming-Qing transition period of the 17th century.
Echizen Kanesada blade in spectacular koshirae

Echizen Kanesada in striking koshirae

Blade with fine dragon horimono. The mounts signed Sōmin and Masatatsu.
17th century Vietnamese lance

17th century Vietnamese lance

With a black and gold metal sleeve, often called "sawasa".
South-indian-silver-gilt-katar

Large southern silver gilt katar

Its hilt overlaid with thick silver, then fire-gilt.
Kapwah dagger logo

Early Mughal kapwah

An over 400-year-old Mughal court dagger. Once lavishly decorated with gold.
Silver chevron katar

Silver chevron katar

All the designs being true inlay, with almost no losses.
Kundan setting logo

kundan (कुंदन)

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

Firanghi with gold overlaid hilt

The manner of decoration is entirely geometrical, which is very hard to do right.
Keris panjang with European blade logo

European sword blade keris

In the style of a Malay keris panjang.
Chinese yidao guard logo

Yidao guard

Exceptionally large pierced iron guard for a Chinese yidao; "virtuous saber".
Katana with horse themed koshirae logo

Katana in horse theme koshirae

Blade signed Sesshū-jū Fujiwara Hiroyoshi, active in the 1670s-80s.
Shimosaka o-tanto

Shimosaka o-tantō

N.B.T.H.K. Hozon with a set of Nanban-style koshirae with signed tsuba.
South Indian katar with yali logo

Southern katar with yali langets

Of a style often associated with Tanjore, the seat of the Vijayanagara empire.
German flintlock with Ottoman barrel

Türkenbeute flintlock musket

Fine German hunting flintlock with captured Ottoman barrel.
Slender chilanum dagger logo

Slender chilanum dagger

Of elegant form with very crisp blade.
Indian talwar with 1693 dated blade logo

Talwar with 1693 dated blade

With later, elaborately chiseled hilt of very fine quality.
Deccan firanghi

Deccan firanghi with silver overlay

The basket hilt is elaborately overlaid with silver in floral designs.
17th century pattisa logo

Fine 17th century pattissa

The enormous blade made of fine, boldly contrasting wootz steel.
Musashi Taro Yasukuni katana logo

Katana by Musashi Taro Yasukuni

Signed, ubu. Complete with tasteful koshirae and Hozon papers.
Musashi Taro Yasukuni logo

Musashi Taro Yasukuni (武蔵太郎安国)

A Japanese swordsmith who lived between 1650-1730.
unusual-indian-single-boss-shield

Early Indian shield

Made of thick lacquered hide, with a single brass boss
Shin jugomai kobuse logo

Shin jūgomai kōbuse-gitae (真十五枚甲伏鍛え)

Japanese sword construction that is was found inscribed on some tangs.
Ainu items group

Knives and swords of the Ainu

19th-century ethnographers noticed that they had no iron production and relied solely on trade for articles like knives and swords. However, archaeologists found iron working facilities in 1988 and 1990.
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.
Kinai tsuba logo

Fine Kinai dragon tsuba

Made by the Kinai group of Echizen, who originated as horimono carvers.
Mitsuhiro yari logo

Yari with kusabi-hi

Large Japanese spearhead with red lacquered zig-zag groove. Signed Mitsuhiro.
Otateage suneate with Dutch goudleer logo

Suneate with Dutch leather

A pair of Samurai shin protectors finished with Dutch "goudleer".
Bikaner lance

Bikaner lance head

With square cross-section point and several Bikaner armory markings.
Command arrow logo

Lìngjiàn (令箭) or "Command Arrow"

A special arrow used to prove one's authority.
Sirohi sword logo

Sirōhī (सिरोही)

A town in Rajasthan known for its blade making industry, as well as a type of sword.
Pata with Solingen blade

Solingen blade with pata hilt

Indian gauntlet sword with German blade made in Solingen.
Vietnamese matchlock musket logo

Súng hỏa mai

Vietnamese word for matchlock musket.