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Humble dha with Mindan blade logo

Plain mounted Mindan dha

Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early Mindan style dha logo

Early silver Burmese dha

With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha

Burmese silver overlaid dha

On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Burmese spear logo

Hlan (လှံ)

Burmese for spear, lance, or javelin.
Dalwe

Dalwe (ဓားလွယ်)

Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin

Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)

Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da logo

Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)

Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
Da̱hmjaun logo

Dahmjaun (ဓားမြှောင်)

Burmese word for their dagger.
A visual dha glossary logo

A Burmese da glossary

A glossary of the terminology of the Burmese dha and related items.
Mindan village logo

Mindan, Yamethin

A production center for ornate silver overlaid scissors, dha and other implements.
Mindan dha logo

Mindan dha

Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Kachin dha logo

Tribal Kachin dha

A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Burmese walking stick with silver knob

A very good Burmese walking stick

Made of a beautiful piece of black zitan hardwood, carved in a spiral, topped with a silver knob.
Belu logo

Belu

A mythical Burmese, shape-shifting creature.
Dai dha overall

Fine Chinese Shan dha

Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Chu-pan

Chu-pan

A type of Burmese floral scrolling.
Mindan dha

A Mindan / Yamethin dha

With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha

Large Shan dha

With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Stone pommel dha

Mindan dha with agate pommel

Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Dated 1928 dha

Burmese dha dated 1928

A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
Dha shay

Dha shay

A name for the long Burmese dha.
Linkin dha

Linkin dha

Colonial British name A type of dha used by various tribes in northern Burma.
Mahagiri Nat

Mahagiri Nat

A powerful spirit in Burmese folklore. Patron of blacksmiths.
Maung Tin De

Maung Tin De

Burmese "Nat", a spirit. Patron saint of blacksmiths.
Maung Pyo logo

Maung Pyo

A Burmese knife and sword maker known for his fine silver overlay.
Saya pyo

Saya Pyo

Alternative name for Maung Pyo. A Burmese craftsman known for his fine silver overlay.
Dha-lwe

Dha-lwé

Burmese for a type of sword worn slung over the shoulder.
Dha hmyuang logo

Dha hmyuang

Alternative spelling of da̱hmjaun, the Burmese word for their dagger.
Large Burmese dagger

Fine Burmese dha hmyaung

With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Burmese double knives

Burmese double knives

A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
Signed and dated Burmese dha

The Rundle dha of 1898

A signed and dated Burmese dha.
Ivory hilted dha logo

Ivory hilted dha

An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Burmese sword carbine

Burmese sword carbine

A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Yunnan Dai presentation dha logo

Chinese Shan presentation dha

Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Kachin dha logo

A Shan Kachin style dha

A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Dha logo

Dha / da (ဓား)

Burmese word for sword, knife or chopper. 
A heavy Burmese fighting dha

A heavy Burmese dha

With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
A spectacular Burmese dha logo

A spectacular Burmese dha

With overlays of vegetal motifs alternated with animals, actual and mythical.
A Burmese dha with openwork handle logo

A Burmese dha with openwork handle

Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.