Fine, Large, Carved Ivory Dha Hilt
This ivory hilt is carved in the form of either Bilu, a fierce monster of Burmese folklore, or the monkey god Hanuman. The figure has a wide snarl, sharp, ferocious teeth, a protruding tongue and elongated, monkey-like fingers that curl upwards. It is unlikely that the hilt was used or attached to a sword as it lacks any hole to the base to which a blade might have been fitted.
dha hilt of similar proportions and motif is in the collection of the British Museum, inventory no. 2003 3-6.1.
The hilt has developed a rich, reddish patina. It is complete and without losses or repairs. The base has not been drilled; it seems that this hilt was never added to a
Fraser-Lu, S., Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.
Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, Robert Hale CI Ltd, 2013.Provenance:
Inventory no.: 3211