Inventory no.: 3212

Carved Ivory Burmese Dha Handle or Hilt


Carved Ivory Dha Hilt with Silver Collar


18th-19th century

length: 16cm

This fine ivory hilt is intricately carved and pierced with trellised open-work around a carved central core. The top of the hilt is decorated with a flower and four figures from Burmese folk lore.

The hilt has a silver collar and is drilled at the base where it was once attached to a blade.

The ivory has a superb yellowy-cream, glossy patina and is in perfect condition.


Fraser-Lu, S., Burmese Crafts: Past and Present, Oxford University Press, 1994.

Hales, R.,

Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime’s Passion, Robert Hale CI Ltd, 2013.Provenance:

private collection

Inventory no.: 3212