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The Kalku Problem
Topic Started: Jun 20 2017, 04:23 PM (132 Views)
Sean Manning
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I am going very quickly through Kendall's thesis, and I think I have figured out what he thought a kalku was. It wasn't just a row of scales! Instead, he thought it was a group of un-pierced scales wrapped in leather to hold them together (Warfare and Military Matters in the Nuzi Tablets p. 269). He based this on a house which contained two groups of 27 special rectangular scales 1 1/4" wide and 3/22" thick with no holes, just a 'bump' on either the top right or the top left edge and a crest running along the length close to the edge with the 'bump.'

If you would be interested in reading it, PM me.

I like Todd's idea that a kalku is a 'flap' like the kusazuri on a Japanese armour. I think that that was one of threads deleted in the attack of the child pornographers.

How are those belts of scales from Scythian sites made?
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Sean Manning,Jun 20 2017
04:23 PM
I am going very quickly through Kendall's thesis, and I think I have figured out what he thought a kalku was.  It wasn't just a row of scales!  Instead, he thought it was a group of un-pierced scales wrapped in leather to hold them together (Warfare and Military Matters in the Nuzi Tablets p. 269).  He based this on a house which contained two groups of 27 special rectangular scales 1 1/4" wide and 3/22" thick with no holes, just a 'bump' on either the top right or the top left edge and a crest running along the length close to the edge with the 'bump.' 

If you would be interested in reading it, PM me.

I like Todd's idea that a kalku is a 'flap' like the kusazuri on a Japanese armour.  I think that that was one of threads deleted in the attack of the child pornographers.

How are those belts of scales from Scythian sites made?

Hi Sean,
Maybe you can shed some light on this stuff! :)
I don't think he is right about the unpierced scales; I think kalku might have been bronze plates similar to what is seen on a char aina --some armours are described as having four kalku as their width around the midsection. I think a "kalku" is just a plate of bronze... Some Scythian scale is stapled together, other parts of armours are laced with leather thong, and linen cord is apparently sometimes used too --in helmets.

"Tarkumazi" is another ambiguous term for a piece of equipment --I'm thinking it is some kind of tunic that goes over armour and protects it and prevents it from heating up in the sun.

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Sean Manning
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Todd, unfortunately I am fully booked with research and writing until early 2018. I can't take on any research which is not part of my dissertation, my side project on medieval armour, or the things which will be published in print and have other people depending on them. I can pass on Bronze Agey things which I stumble over

I can see a belt being made from scales like those, but don't know of any culture which made a whole armour out of them. Apparently the excavation report is by Richard Starr and has Nuzi in the title, and the museum which has the scales ishttps://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/
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Sean Manning,Jun 20 2017
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Todd, unfortunately I am fully booked with research and writing until early 2018. I can't take on any research which is not part of my dissertation, my side project on medieval armour, or the things which will be published in print and have other people depending on them. I can pass on Bronze Agey things which I stumble over

I can see a belt being made from scales like those, but don't know of any culture which made a whole armour out of them. Apparently the excavation report is by Richard Starr and has Nuzi in the title, and the museum which has the scales ishttps://semiticmuseum.fas.harvard.edu/

Sean, you are a busy man! Well, keep up the great work and the wonderful research. We can pester you later about this stuff.
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Thanks Todd! Because I am almost done my PhD, I need to make sure that some of my print publications actually get printed.

Sometime I will have another look at Kendall's thesis for Armour in Texts. Its really too bad that his thesis was never published. Maybe Thomas Hulit will write something else on scale armour now that he has a job at a museum?
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