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kara-kulak / ak-kulak, a traditional Balkan form of knife, which is similar in outlines to the yataghan. Literally, the name in Turkish means "black ears" / "white ears", respectively. This name is not connected to the construction, dimensions and so by any means, but is connected only to the material, from which the scales are made (usually, this is black buffalo horn or white bone).

Indian spear head, mid 19 C. Good wootz (Damascus, Watered) steel blade 10 inches long, with a central rib and reinforced edges. The steel socket is decorated with gold koftgari work. Total length 19 inches. Very good condition. Very minimal losses to the gold work.

Indian kard twin daggers, 18th to 19th century, steel, silver, ivory, L. 8 9/16 in. (21.7 cm); L. of blade 5 in. (12.7 cm); Wt. 1.6 oz. (45.4 g), Met Museum, Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935.

Prussian heavy cavalry sabre, chemically browned steel guard and scabbard, 1850's. P1796 British light cavalry sabre, simple steel "stirrup" guard, heavy curved blade. Replica Blissett "improved revolving pistol" or pepperbox.

Vajra Flaying Knife, ca. 15th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Alexander Polsky, 1985 (1985.397) | This work is featured in our “Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas” exhibition on view through June 14, 2015.

Ottoman throwing spears (Jarids) and quiver, circa 1680, the plain steel arrowheads with quadrangular tips, wooden hafts and silver terminals formed as tubular sockets decorated with chased and engraved medallions containing floral sprays, the wooden quiver mounted with blue-green velvet, the silver chape, lock and suspension loops decorated en suite, the lock with traces of gilding, 83.8cm.