Category Archives: asian arms and armour

Rare pair of ming or qing Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces.

 

Rare pair of Chinese heavy bronze Sai Jian bar maces. The blades of thick four sided section concave to each face to form a sharp edge on each corner. The handles ending with ball finials and grips wrapped with fabric. Very rare coming with original double leather sheath, each mace weighing over 2 kgs, together nearly 4.5 kgs, each mace 63 cms long

Gold damascened Persian lancehead

  • Fine Persian lancehead wootz steel and gold damascened shaft. The blade of good wootz steel raised central rib. Lower mounts finely decorated with gold, the shaft chamfered. 19th century. 48 cms

     

     

 

rare Persian Jarids darts or javelin in sheath or case with goldwork

Set of Persian Jarid darts or throwing javelins in scabbard. The darts of steel twisted decoration and traces of engraving and gold detail, the scabbard of greenish leather sewn to reverse. Steel mounts with traces of engraved decoration with patterns of goldwork. Some minor damage to wood, only two darts present. 19th century. Rare item, 81 cms in sheath, 74 cms long darts

 

 

A pair of Ottoman Balkan silver horsemans pistols completely covered with silver filigree work and set with stones

A very nice and collectible pair of 18th century Flintlock holster pistols, from the Ottoman Empire probably made in Bosnia, around Sarajevo in the Balkans by a master gunsmith. The stocks are wholly covered with very fine pure silver filigree wire decoration in scrolls and panels. The handles and breech region are further set with decorative red stones. Fine steel work locks beautifully engraved, the barrel is also chiselled and engraved with some characters and writing. Weapons of this quality were important throughout the Islamic world as indicators of status and fashion as well as functioning items for self defense. These would have been worn either in a double holster attached to a horses saddle, or stuck through a wide waist sash or belt which was typically Turkish and Balkan.

turkish pistols ashoka arts
super quality pair of silver turkish flintlock pistols

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (3)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (5)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (7)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (10)

turkish balkan silver gilt filigree pair of holster pistols (11)

Wonderful Antique Bronze Lantaka ship or deck cannon from Borneo/Brunei with crocodile

A superb early Bronze Lantaka deck cannon or swivel gun from Northen Borneo /Brunei. These ornate bronze canons were typically used along the gunwales and decks of ships, most notoriously those used by the Malay pirates who were active in the South China Seas around Borneo and the Philippines. This examples is small, cast from heavy bronze and ornate with a cast crocodile mounted to the front, and also most interestingly has an exploded breech section showing a failure during active firing!! 19th century or earlier

Burmese ‘story’ dha sword with silver inlaid blade and hilt

Burmese sword dha with beuatifullt inlaid silver blade depictings figures and script, the handle of silver and inlaid niello… coming soon from Ashoka Arts Fine Arms and Armour Swords and Weapons

Two Good antique Thai Spears bamboo, and steel with guards 19th century

Two Good antique Thai Spears bamboo, and steel with guards 19th century, one with silver overlay decoration, with gilt cord binding   .. fine oriental arms and armour from Ashoka Arts antique arms and armour swords and weapons

Antique Vietnamese Dha sword from Hanoi, silver and brass mounted

a very nice dha type sword from North Vietnam, interesting weapon with chiselled engraving to the steel blade, banded brass and silver hilt with decorative features, a tsuba like guard, original sheath, certainly 19th century or earlier coming soon to Ashoka Arts fine antique swords and weapons  now added

Scarce Central Asian sword and recurved bow… from an old collection… rare arms from Ashoka Arts fine swords and weapons

Two fantastic oriental weapons soon to be added to Ashoka Arts Fine Antique Arms and Armour. A scarce curved scimitar sword of ‘shashka’ or shashqa form with damascus wootz steel blade, and ivory/bone hilt complete with scabbard, and an antique oriental compound or recurved bow from Bukhara or Kazakhstan/Uzbekistan complete with its bowstring… both very rare pieces to find.. Both of these weapons are now posted to the website…!

Antique Recurved Bow - Archery
rare oriental recurved bow from Uzbekistan - Samarkand or Bukhara

Antique Asian oriental curved Sabre with Damascus steel blade
Rare Antique Asian Sword with Wootz 'Damascus' Steel Blade