Language: Burmese
Source: Secondary reference


According to some sources, dha shay is Burmese for the long curved sword of this culture.1

During extensive research in primary sources, including comprehensive period dictionaries, I have not been able to find the term, and I suspect it might be a neologism; A more recent term that was not used back in the 19th century.

For more information on the sword called da, see my glossary article: da (ဓား)


1. Robert Hales; Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour: A Lifetime's Passion, Robert Hales C.I. Ltd., 2013. Pages 148-149. On this page, Hales quotes long time collector Noel Singer.

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


With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.


A very rare flask used by Chin men of Burma for sipping nicotine water.


These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.


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