Language: Burmese
Source: Period accounts


The linkin dha is a fairly short, heavy weapon that widens considerably from base to tip, and which has a flat point.

The proper Burmese word is: lin gin (လင်းကင်း), described in the official Myanmar-English Dictionary as: Machete-like sword with a crescent-shaped tip.

It was said to be 1.5 inch (38mm) wide at the hilt, flaring out to 2.5 inch (63.5mm) towards the truncated tip. Linkin dha were worn in half wooden scabbards that carry the blade with one side exposed. They were often adorned with teeth or parts of the jaw of tigers or leopards.

Main article: Lin gin (လင်းကင်း) 



Linkin dhaA linkin dha in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Accession number: 36.25.1630a, b
Provenance: Bequest of George Cameron Stone, 1935.

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With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.


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


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


Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.


Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.


In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.