Inventory no.: 2660

Shan Burmese Dagger


Dagger (Dha Hmyaung) with Carved Ivory Hilt & Silver Mounts

Shan people, Burma

19th century

length: 45cm, weight: 271g

This fine, curved short sword is in an excellent condition and has a superb patina. It is from the Shan people of eastern Burma. The scabbard is of wood encased in near-pure hammered sheet silver decorated with applied silver filigree in bands and in ribbons. The chape is unadorned and flares slightly at its end. The single-edged steel blade fits snugly into the scabbard.

The handle comprises a segment of silver decorated with further silver filigree bands and a thin piece of ivory.

The ivory, like the silver, has a wonderful patina suggesting significant age and use. Overall, this is a very pleasing example of a

dha hmyaung short sword or dagger. There are no losses and the excellent applied silver decoration is to both sides of the scabbard.


Lewis, P. & E., Peoples of the Golden Triangle: Six Tribes in Thailand, Thames & Hudson, 1984.


UK art market

Inventory no.: 2660