Inventory no.: 3046

Shan Burmese Dha


Silver-Clad Short Dagger (Dha-hmyaung)


19th century

length: 32cm

This dagger has fine proportions and a wonderful patina. It is from the Shan people of eastern Burma. The scabbard is silver-encased wood. The silver has fine engraved panels, bands of applied filigree, and a panel on each side decorated with applied silver wire work. The scabbard broadens and flattens towards its end.

The hilt is rounded and encased in silver that is similarly decorated.

The single-edged steel blade fits snugly into the scabbard.

Overall, this is a pleasing example of a

dha hmyaung short sword or dagger.


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

UK art market

Inventory no.: 3046