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A streaked lin gin
These ornate versions with hairpin forged blades were worn by local royalty.
Scientific analysis of two Southeast Asian swords
Using X-ray fluorescence and radiocarbon dating.
SE Asian dha (carbon 14 dated)
In excavated condition. With XRF and radiocarbon dating results.
An old dha (carbon 14 dated)
Found in excavated condition, published with results of c-14 and XRF analysis.
The Wiasemsky Montagnard dha
Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.
An excavated dha sword
With heavy blade and copper alloy hilt and lobed guard.
Hkamti dha (ခန္တီး ဓား)
Burmese trade name of the lin gin, a machete-like sword.
Plain mounted Mindan dha
Plain when sheathed, unsheathing reveals a rather nice silver overlaid blade.
Early silver Burmese dha
With elaborate silver overlaid blade and inlaid iron hilt.
Burmese silver overlaid dha
On a sturdy, user-grade blade with temper line.
Burmese type of sword, worn in scabbard slung from the shoulder.
Lin gin (လင်းကင်း)
Burmese for a machete-like that was used widely in Kachin state and Assam.
Shan da (ရှမ်းဓား)
Burmese word for the Shan sword with pointed blade.
Name for fine dha with fine overlaid blades. Named after Mindan village where they were made.
Tribal Kachin dha
A typical example with a nice forge folded blade with differential heat treatment.
Fine Chinese Shan dha
Entirely clad in silver and with a differentially heat treated blade.
Husa Valley dha
A type of dha made by the Chinese Shan in Husa Valley, Yunnan.
A Mindan / Yamethin dha
With fine overlaid blade this area was known for.
Large Shan dha
With silver-clad scabbard executed in their typical style.
Mindan dha with agate pommel
Its blade portraying the story of one of the previous lives of Guatama Buddha.
Burmese dha dated 1928
A nice example that can serve as a benchmark to help date others.
A name for the long Burmese dha.
Colonial British name A type of dha used by various tribes in northern Burma.
Burmese for a type of sword worn slung over the shoulder.
Fine Burmese dha hmyaung
With intricately carved ivory hilt depicting a demon on a horse.
Burmese double knives
A rare set of twin knives in a single scabbard.
The Rundle dha of 1898
A signed and dated Burmese dha.
Ivory hilted dha
An earlier example with an iconographic hilt.
Burmese sword carbine
A rare Burmese weapon combining a percussion carbine with a short sword.
Chinese Shan presentation dha
Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
A Shan Kachin style dha
A large Kachin style square-ended dha in Shan style mountings.
Dha / da (ဓား)
Burmese word for sword, knife or chopper.
A heavy Burmese dha
With a very good, substantial blade with differential heat treatment.
A spectacular Burmese dha
With overlays of vegetal motifs alternated with animals, actual and mythical.
A Burmese dha with openwork handle
Made of a single piece of ivory, with a kneeling figure in its base.
An unusual dha
An unusual dha with features of various cultures.