Category Archives: South East Asian weapons

Qin Chinese recurved Bow with arrows

A Chinese Manchu recurved or compound bow from the 19th century. Still strung with its original silk cord bowstring, and retaining two original arrows. Chinese compound bows  such as this were made for military use and carefully constructed with techniques going back hundreds of years. The black horn tip of this example is carved with a makers signature to denote the quality of the workmanship. The siyahs or bow tips are covered with white rayskin, the front of the bow arms with strips of coloured bark, the back of the arms are broad strips of black horn, Between the inner and outer face is a sinew core which gives the bow its powerful elastic pull. the grip is wrapped with cork. The two arrows which accomany it are good examples, one has damage where the tip beneath the head is split with a little broken off, and one part of the nock missing. Both arrows retain most of their flight feathers. The bow itself is in reasonable condition, one bone string rest is lacking, and some loss to the bark outer covering in places, and general age wear to parts. This bow was brought back as booty from Beijing by a German soldier (the great grandfather of the previous owner ) fighting in the Boxer Rebellion during the 1900/1901 period. 

 

 

Antique long sword Dha from Thailand 19th century

A long two handed Dha sword from Thailand, fully mounted in silver. The handle with an engraved silver covered grip, banded either side with filigree silver wire and terminating in a bud pommel. Fluted collar leading to the blade, which is gently curved. Collection number painted at base of blade. The scabbard with panels of engraved floral scrolling allover. 19th century.

silver dha sword from thailand

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

Rare Vietnamese Long gun of matchlock form from the tribes of the highlands of North Vietnam

Coming soon to Ashoka Arts antique swords and weapons, an extremely rare long gun used by some of the tribes of the northern highlands of vietnam. Matchlock format, sturdy steel barrel silver bands and mountings, the trigger and hammer and other mounts of decorated brass, the butt mounted with slabs of bone or ivory, purchased in the field during our spring outing! A very nice antique long gun from Indo-China, circa 1920   Now added

Antique Thai and Burmese Dhas posted on Ashoka Arts Antique Oriental and Eastern Swords and Weapons

Two fine 19th century Dha swords, one Thai with long double-handed silver covered handle or hilt, silver scabbard with gold fitting, robust steel blade with rounded tip, the other Burmese sword with silver mounted scabbard and hilt, large pommel, very good antique functional fighting swords from South east Asia

Carved Ivory hilted antique Burmese Dha knife… listed on Ashoka Arts

Lovely oriental Burmese knife or dagger just listed on Ashoka Arts Fine Antique arms and armour. The handle carved with a figure intertwined with vines, presumably a scene from mythology or folklore. As with all our offerings this is a lovely antique piece with years of history and patina from handling.