Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Carved Ivory Hilt & Silver Mounts
Shan people, Burma
This dagger is from the Shan people of eastern Burma. It comprises a wooden scabbard with a silver chape and silver along with blue cord binding at the top of the scabbard; a single-edged steel blade; and an ivory hilt carved unusually in the pattern of either interlocking flowers, brain coral, or a brain itself.
The ivory has a superb golden-yellow patina.
Overall, this is a fine example of a
dha hmyaung short sword or dagger with clear signs of age and use. The blue binding is a later replacement.
Lewis, P. & E., Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six Tribes in Thailand, Thames & Hudson, 1984.Provenance:
UK art market
Inventory no.: 2854