TO GLOSSARY

 
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Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma), 1798. Stag antler grip with brass and silver fittings. Scabbard of heavy silver over wood, with repousse' decoration, and a dedicatory inscription reading "The dha of General Thado Thiri Min Hla Ye Kaung," with the date 1160 in the Burmese calendar, corresponding to 1798 C.E. in the Western calendar; the reverse of the scabbard is inscribed with a second name, Maung Bo.

Overall length: 83 cm
Blade length: 62 cm
Handle length: 21 cm
Scabbard length: 66 cm
 
 
    218
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma). Late 18th or early 19th Century. Handle of ivory and iron with silver and copper koftgari. The blade also shows silver and copper koftgari, in a floral motif, on both the flat and the spine. The simpler scabbard is likely a later replacement.

Overall length: 81.5 cm
Blade length: 59 cm
Handle length: 22.5 cm
Scabbard length: 61.5 cm
 
 
    219
Dha-lwe.
Southern Myanmar (Burma). 18th Century. The elaborate ivory carving of the handle, pierced to reveal a reclining Buddha within, is a representation of the Buddha on his death-bed entering Nirvana. The crushed pommel is a common consequence of the use of thin silver over a fragile resin core.

Overall length: 90 cm
Blade length: 59 cm
Handle length: 31 cm
 
 
    220
Daab.
Thailand. Early-mid 19th Century. Silver-covered.

Overall length: 75 cm
Blade length: 48 cm
Handle length: 27 cm
Scabbard length: 50 cm

 
 
       
    221
Dha-lwe.

Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th or early 20th Century. Silver fittings over wood, with silver koftgari decoration on the blade. Handle with silver and black niello decoration. The
lotus pommel shows damage to the thin silver over a resin core, with a recent repair. This kind of sword is referred to as a "story dha," because the blade decoration typically depicts a story from Burmese folklore, or a Buddhist Jataka.

Overall length: 91 cm
Blade length: 65 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
Scabbard length: 66 cm
 
 
    222
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma).
Mid-18th Century.
Silver fittings over wood, with kofgari decoration on the blade. Handle with silver and niello decoration. The damage seen on the pommel is the result of crushing of the thin silver over a fragile resin core. The scabbard is of teak or mahogany, with silver fittings. This kind of sword is referred to as a "story dha," because the blade decoration typically depicts a story from Burmese folklore, or a Buddhist Jataka.

Overall length: 82.5 cm
Blade length: 61 cm
Handle length: 21.5 cm
Scabbard length: 62.5 cm
 
    223
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma). Early-mid 19th Century. Silver and copper handle fittings. Teak scabbard with new silver fittings. Extensive silver koftgari on blade and spine.

Overall length: 82 cm
Blade length: 62 cm
Handle length: 20 cm
Scabbard length: 64 cm
 
    224
Dha-hmyaung.
Myanmar (Burma). Mid-late 19th Century. Matched set of small knives with silver and copper handle fittings and silver koftgari on blade. Very close match to AYW27.

Overall length: 25 c
Blade length: 14 cm
Handle length: 11 cm
Scabbard length: n/a
 
    225
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma). 19th Century. Handle of ray skin and brass. Well-
made blade with a wide fuller.

Overall length: 80 cm
Blade length: 59 cm
Handle length: 21 cm
 
    226
Dha-lwe.

Myanmar (Burma). Mid-late 19th Century. A proportionally small weapon, with silver koftgari on the blade. Handle of silver and ray skin held in place with a pattern of brass tacks. The crushed pommel is a common consequence of the use of thin silver over a fragile resin core.

Overall length: 68 cm
Blade length: 49.5 cm
Handle length: 18.5 cm
 
       
    227
Dha-lwe.
Burma. Mid- to late-19th Century. Hilt is wrapped with white ray skin
secured by small brass nails and flanked with copper ferrules inlaid with silver wire. Blade is heavily
inlaid with silver, depicting scenes from Burmese history and accompanying Burmese text. Scabbard is
a 20th Century replacement.

Overall length:76.8 cm
Blade length:57 cm
Handle length:19.8 cm
Scabbard length:57.3 cm
 
 
    228
Dha-lwe
.
Myanmar (Burma). Mid-late 20th Century. Brass fittings, stainless steel blade, shark/ray-skin grip.

Overall length: 72.5 cm
Blade length: 52.5 cm
Handle length: 20 cm
Scabbard length: 55 cm
 
    229
Dao.
Myanmar (Burma) Kachin Hills. Mid-to-late 19th Century. Wooden grip with brass ferrule and ivory pommel cap. The blade shows a folded serpentine pattern in the steel, and a
hardened edge. Typical open-face scabbard, with rattan shoulder loop. A talismanic jungle cat jaw
fragment is attached to the shoulder loop.

Overall length: 64.8 cm
Blade length: 48 cm
Handle length: 16.8 cm
Scabbard length: 67 cm
 
    230
Dao.
Myanmar (Burma) Kachin Hills. Late 19th century. Ivory and wood handle, with lacquered cord grip. Laminated blade with a punched serpent design. Typical open-face wooden scabbard, with rattan shoulder loop.

Overall length: 58.5 cm
Blade length: 46 cm
Handle length: 12.5 cm
Scabbard length: 56.5 cm

 
 
    231
Dha-lwe.

Myanmar (Burma) Kachin Hills. Mid 20th Century. Brass and rattan fittings. Running tiger stamped at blade forte.

Overall length: 71 cm
Blade length: 51 cm
Handle length: 20 cm
Scabbard length: 55 cm
 
 
    232
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. Mid- to late-19th Century. Hilt is wood flanked by two long silver ferrules. Blade is laminated steel with hardened edge.
A thin fuller runs the length of the blade and the tip is squared off. Scabbard is a 20th Century
replacement.

Overall length: 72.8 cm
Blade length: 49.8 cm
Handle length: 23 cm
Scabbard length: 51.4 cm
 
    233
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma).
Late 19th Century. Light, differentially hardened pattern-welded blade in recent polish. Lacquered cord-wrapped handle with brass fittings. Date inlaid in brass at forte in Burmese (1242 Chulasakarat -- 1880 C.E.). Appears in an early 20th Century British arms catalogue (W.D. Oldman).

Overall length: 91 cm
Blade length: 65 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
 
 
    234
Daab. Thailand.
Late 19th Century. Heavy brass fittings with recent brass repairs. Brass anchor inlaid at blade forte.

Overall length: 92 cm
Blade length: 60.5 cm
Handle length: 31.5 cm
Scabbard length: 63 cm
 
    235
Dha-lwe/daab. Myanmar (Burma), or Thailand.
Early 20th Century. Brass fittings, Thai penny set in pommel.

Overall length: 66.5 cm
Blade length: 43.5 cm
Handle length: 22 cm
Scabbard length: 47 cm
 
    236
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma).
Mid 20th Century. English produced weapon. Stamped “BP4” (Burma Police) at forte. Brass fittings.

Overall length: 77 cm
Blade length: 56.5 cm
Handle length: 20.5 cm
Scabbard length: 59 cm
 
    237
Dha-lwe/daab. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. Early 18th Century.
Handle of ivory and silver. Scabbard of teak or mahogany with silver fittings. The blade is very well-made, with a clear, delicate temper line showing differential hardening of the edge.

Overall length: 76 cm
Blade length: 50 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
Scabbard length: 51.5 cm
 
    238
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. 19th Century.
Handle of silver over wood, with a woven silver wire grip; scabbard of teak or mahogany, with an old repair near the tip; the blade is very well-made, with a wide visible temper line showing differential hardening of the edge.

Overall length: 84 cm
Blade length: 61 cm
Handle length: 23 cm
Scabbard length: 63 cm
 
    239
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.
Silver, copper and braided rattan fittings.

Overall length: 89.5 cm
Blade length: 63 cm
Handle length: 26.5 cm
Scabbard length: 66 cm

 
 
 

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Dha-lwe/daab. Myanmar (Burma), or Northern Thailand. Mid-19th Century.
Hilt is a segment of bamboo with a rich golden patina, flanked by a silver ferrule and a brass cap. The blade has a heavy patina and shows evidence of laminated construction. Decorations along the back edge of the blade are typical of Northern Thailand or Laos.

Overall length: 74 cm
Blade length: 57 cm
Handle length: 17 cm
Scabbard length: 64 cm
 
    241
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.
Rattan wrapped handle, silver fittings. Old blade repairs evident.

Overall length: 83.5 cm
Blade length: 53.5 cm
Handle length: 30 cm
Scabbard length: 60 cm

 
 
    242
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma). Early- to mid-19th Century.
Blade is of saber form in the Shan style, with laminated steel construction, a hardened edge and a peaked spine. Utilitarian hilt of blind tang construction, with a wooden core wrapped with thin plaited rattan rings and flanked at each end with iron ferrules. Scabbard is lacquered and of typical form with two pieces of wood held together by plaited rattan strips. An old inscription in Burmese script has been punched into the scabbard.

Overall length: 85.5 cm
Blade length: 59 cm
Handle length: 26.5 cm
Scabbard length: 60.5 cm
 
 
    243
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States. Late 19th Century.

Handle and scabbard of wood, bound with braided rattan rings. The pommel cap, and the spacer between the blade and handle, are of carabao (water buffalo) horn, pegged in place.

Overall length: 86.5 cm
Blade length: 57 cm
Handle length: 29.5 cm
Scabbard length: 61 cm
 
 
    244
Daab. Thailand. Early-19th Century (Rattanakosin period).
Hilt is a blind tang construction, with a wooden cylinder wrapped with many thin strips of plaited rattan. A circular brass insert is present a centimeter from the end of the blade. The scabbard has been lacquered and still has its faded red cord baldric for carrying the sword slung over a shoulder.

Overall length: 78 cm
Blade length: 50 cm
Handle length: 28 cm
Scabbard length: 51 cm
 
    245
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma). Mid 20th Century.
Rattan and brass mountings covered with pitch. New textile baldric and white Buddhist string bindings. Blade engraved with Buddhist inscriptions/blessings.

Overall length: 69.5 cm
Blade length: 48 cm
Handle length: 21.5 cm
Scabbard length: 51 cm
 
 
    246
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma). Late 18th or early 19th Century.
Carved ivory handle depicting stylized monkeys and a dragon or demon, likely representing characters from the Ramayana epic.

Overall length: 64 cm
Blade length: 41 cm
Handle length: 23 cm
Scabbard length: 49 cm
 
    247
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma). Mid 20th Century.
Rattan and silver mountings with textile baldric.

Overall length: 66.5 cm
Blade length: 41 cm
Handle length: 25 cm
Scabbard length: 44 cm
 
    248
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. Late 19th or early 20th Century.
Silver fittings over wood. The central grip section is of lacquered cord or rattan.

Overall length: 71 cm
Blade length: 45 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
Scabbard length: 49 cm
 
    249
Dha-lwe. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. Late 19th or early 20th Century.
Silver fittings over wood. The central grip section of braided rattan rings. Circular maker's mark on blade, filed with black resin, showing some loss.

Overall length: 73 cm
Blade length: 47 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
 
    250
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Northern Thailand. Mid-19th Century.
Heavy blade with a "turtle" maker's mark (also called the "bitter melon seed"). Fittings of silver over wood, with applied silver wire and bead decoration. Middle grip section of braided rattan rings.

Overall length: 81.5 cm
Blade length: 51 cm
Handle length: 30.5 cm
Scabbard length: 53.5 cm
 
 
    251
Dha-lwe.
Myanmar (Burma) Kachin States. Late-19th or early-20th Century.
Wooden hilt and scabbard are covered with silver sheeting and silver wire decoration. Grip section is covered with woven silver wire. Hilt is capped with a silver lotus bud pommel. Blade is laminated steel.

Overall length: 84.5 cm
Blade length: 52.5 cm
Handle length: 32 cm
Scabbard length: 58.5 cm
 
    252
Daab.
Northern Thailand or Yunnan Province, China. Early 20th Century.
Pewter and rattan fittings with Chinese decorative motifs.

Overall length: 86 cm
Blade length: 53 cm
Handle length: 33 cm
Scabbard length: 55 cm
 
    253
Dha.
Northern Burma (Myanmar) or Yunnan Province, China. Late 19th Century.
Blade is laminated steel and spatulate in shape. Heavy silver fittings over wood on the hilt and scabbard. Various semi-precious stones set into silver fittings on scabbard and a large turquoise set into the end of the hilt. Scabbard has two suspension rings in the Chinese style.

Overall length: 81 cm
Blade length: 55 cm
Handle length: 26 cm
Scabbard length: 56 cm
 
    254
Daab. Northern Thailand/Laos (Lanna region). Early 19th Century.
Silver fittings over wood, in high-relief repoussé decoration. The central grip section is of woven silver wire. Overall this blade is of unusually large proportions.

Overall length: 102 cm
Blade length: 58 cm
Handle length: 44 cm
 
 
    255
Daab.
Northern Thailand/Laos (Lanna region). 19th Century.
Silver fittings over wood, with high-relief repoussé decoration. The central grip section is of alternating braided rings of light and dark rattan. The silver pommel button is a later replacement for what was likely a lotus-shaped pommel similar to No. 38.
Unusual whorled decoration engraved on both sides near the blade tip.

Overall length: 77 cm
Blade length: 42 cm
Handle length: 35 cm
 
    256
Daab. Thailand. Mid Ayutthaya period ( 17th – 18th Century).
Iron and textile fittings, gold koftgari.

Overall length: 91 cm
Blade length: 57 cm
Handle length: 34 cm
 
 
    257
Daab.
Thailand. Mid Ayutthaya Period (17th - 18th Century.)
Iron fittings with silver and gilt decoration. Grip sections of lacquered pattern-wrapped cord. Blade with inserted edge construction, showing also a differentially tempered edge.

Overall length: 85 cm
Blade length: 52 cm
Handle length: 33 cm
 
 
    258
Daab. Thailand. Late-18th or early-19th Century (early Rattanakosin period) in an earlier Ayutthaya style.
Heavy silver fittings to the hilt and scabbard demonstrating typical Thai motifs. Two areas of braided and ridged cord wrapping to the hilt. Black lacquered wooden scabbard with silver fittings to the throat and toe. Onyx stone set into the end of the hilt.

Overall length: 93 cm
Blade length: 56 cm
Handle length: 37 cm
Scabbard length: 66 cm
 
    259
Daab. Thailand. Early- to mid-Rattanakosin Period (18th - 19th Century).
All silver fittings over wood, with delicate chased design on the handle. The middle portion of the grip is of woven silver wire. Loss of the internal supporting resin has resulted in cracking of the thin pommel cap. The simpler scabbard is likely a later replacement.

Overall length: 91 cm
Blade length: 55 cm
Handle length: 36 cm
Scabbard length: 57 cm
 
    260
Daab. Thailand.
Mid- to late-19th Century (Rattanakosin Period).
Long, segmented silver hilt. Scabbard is wood covered with silver sheet. Blade is laminated and has a hardened edge. Overall, an unusually long sword.

Overall length: 100 cm
Blade length: 59 cm
Handle length: 39 cm
Scabbard length: 62 cm
 
 
    261
Daab. Thailand.
Late Rattanakosin Period (19th - 20th Century).
All silver fittings, over wood. Heavy blade with strong triangular section. The yellow cord baldric is a recent replacement.

Overall length: 84 cm
Blade length: 50 cm
Handle length: 34 cm
Scabbard length: 52 cm
 
 
    262
Daab.
Thailand. Mid-19th Century (Rattanakosin Period).
Horn hilt with silver ferrule and cap. Heavily repoussed silver fittings to the wooden scabbard. Scabbard is red painted wood with a prominent toe. Silver fittings show Buddhist themes. Blade is laminated and has a hardened edge. The blade tip is an unusual form that indicates ownership by a person of high rank.

Overall length: 74 cm
Blade length: 45 cm
Handle length: 20 cm
Scabbard length: 54.5cm
 
 
    263
Cambodian dha.
Late 19th Century.
Wire-wrapped hilt over a wooden core with metal ferrules at each end. There is a small circular guard of iron. The blade resembles Thai daab of the same period, and has engraved designs along the back of the blade and just below the guard. The black wooden scabbard has a prominent pointed toe and a brass strip at the throat.

Overall length: 76 cm
Blade length: 56.5 cm
Handle length: 19.5 cm
Scabbard length: 58.5 cm
 
 
    264
Daab. Thailand, Laos or Vietnam “Montagnard”. Late 19th Century.
Brass and rattan fittings. Pitch covered scabbard.

Overall length: 75.5 cm
Blade length: 48.5 cm
Handle length: 28 cm
Scabbard length: 50.5 cm
 
 
    265
Daab. Thailand, Laos or Vietnam “Montagnard”. Early 20th Century.

Brass and rattan fittings, recent baldric replacement.

Overall length: 95 cm
Blade length: 43 cm
Handle length: 52 cm
Scabbard length: 52 cm
 
    266
Daab. Northern Thailand, Laos or Vietnam “Montagnard”. Mid- to late-19th Century.
Laminated steel blade. Long wood hilt wrapped with sections of rattan and twisted cord; long ferrule and small brass guard. Lacquered, rattan-wrapped wooden scabbard.

Overall length: 87 cm
Blade length: 42 cm
Handle length: 45.5 cm
Scabbard length: 41.5 cm
 
 
    267
Short pole arm. Northern Thailand. Late 19th Century.
Heavy blade with inserted hardened edge, and brass inserts along the spine of the blade and on each face. Inscribed line decorations on the blade typical of North Thai or Lao work. Handle is bamboo with metal ferrule. No scabbard.

Overall length: 75.5 cm
Blade length: 24 cm
Handle length: 51.5 cm
 
    268
Chopper. Thailand. Early 20th Century.
Heavy blade, silver and wood handle fittings with wood/braided rattan scabbard. Similar to the Indonesian wedung and Nepalese kukri.

Overall length: 43 cm
Blade length: 26 cm
Handle length: 17 cm
Scabbard length: 30 cm
 
    269
“Priest Knife.” Thailand. Late 20th Century.
White metal and horn fittings. Blade with rebated edge and Buddhist inscriptions.

Overall length: 23 cm
Blade length: 13 cm
Handle length: 10 cm
Scabbard length: 14 cm
 
    270
"Priest knife." Thailand. 19th Century.
Ivory handle with silver fittings and a band of red gold. Scabbard of rosewood and silver. Blade with incised design.

Overall length: 30 cm
Blade length: 17.8 cm
Handle length: 12 cm
Scabbard length:18.8 cm
 
    271
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.
Ivory and silver fittings. A “prayer” knife.

Overall length: 13 cm
Blade length: 8 cm
Handle length: 5 cm
Scabbard length: 8.25 cm
 
    272
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma), or Northern Thailand. Early 19th Century.
Silver fittings, with talismanic jungle cat fang handle.

Overall length: 33 cm
Blade length: 18 cm
Handle length: 15 cm
Scabbard length: 21.4 cm
 
 
    273
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.

Boar tusk and silver fittings.

Overall length: 23 cm
Blade length: 14 cm
Handle length: 9 cm
Scabbard length: 16.5 cm
 
    274
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.
Ivory and silver fittings.

Overall length: 22 cm
Blade length: 12.5 cm
Handle length: 9.5 cm
Scabbard length: 14 cm
 
    275
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma). Late 19th Century.
Ivory handled, silver fittings.

Overall length: 27 cm
Blade length: 17 cm
Handle length: 10 cm
Scabbard length: 18 cm
 
    276
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma). Early 21st Century.
Brass and rattan fittings. Newly manufactured by Karen Tribesmen.

Overall length: 30 cm
Blade length: 20 cm
Handle length: 10 cm
Scabbard length: 22 cm
 
 
 
    277
Dha-hmyaung. Myanmar (Burma) Shan States, or Southern Yunnan. Early 19th Century.
All silver fittings over wood. The blade shows a hardened edge. The scabbard has a round cross-section, typical of this style.

Overall length: 42 cm
Blade length: 22.5 cm
Handle length: 19.5 cm
Scabbard length:
 
    278
Riding Crop. Thailand. 20th Century.
Textile crop, silver fittings with hidden knife in handle. Replica of Thai royal crest on pommel.

Overall length:16.6 cm
Blade length: 8.4 cm
Handle length:8.2 cm
Scabbard length:8.4 cm
 
 
    279
Dheng (shield). Thailand. 18th Century.
Heavy rawhide, painted, with eight metal rivets holding a vertical wooden grip to the back side.

Height: 76 cm
Width: 35.5 cm
 
 
    280
"Warrior" marionette. Burma. Late 18th or early 20th century.
Wooden body under layered clothes, head of painted wood and plaster. One of the standard characters in the Burmese puppet theater, the Warrior carries a sword of dha form, and wears a war hat and coat of a form typical in both old Burma and old Thailand.

Height: 72 cm

 
 
    281
“King” Marionette. Burma. Late 18th or early 20th century.
Wooden body under layered clothes, head of painted wood and plaster. One of the standard characters in the Burmese puppet theater, the King carries a short, straight sword of an ancient form associated with royalty.

Height: 73.5 cm
 
 
 

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