Category Archives: Coming soon to Ashoka Arts Fine Antique Arms and Armour Swords and Weapons

Finest Royal Ethiopian Gilt Jewelled shield and Rhino Horn hilted Gurade or shotel sword once belonging to Haile Selassie

coming soon, the finest quality Ethiopian jewelled gilt shield and rhino horn hilted gurade sword en suite owned by Ethiopian Emporer Haile Selassie and presented to Harold Baxter Kittermaster, the Governor of British Somaliland in 1927. A very rare opportunity for the collector of Ethiopian Weapons.

Nice T’Boli sword of kampilan style

Stunning antique T’Boli or tboli sword from Southern Mindanao in the Philippines. The T’boli are an indigenous tribal group with an animist religion, very old and reputedly the source of the finest blades in the Philippines. The handles as with this one are frequently made of cast brass with lost wax designs applied with bells and chains, textile and with a wooden sheath often applied with horsehair and brass tubes to the end of the scabbard. Related to the Bagobo people with whom they share many similarities.

antique Axe, … tribal Gond or Kond Indian weapon, … complete example

A very good condition antique Tribal Indian Axe ‘Bullova’ from the Gond/khond tribe of Orissa in india,  large moustache shaped steel blade, brass mounts and top spike, another example also coming with rare straight edged blade of ‘chopper’ style 19th century

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