Language: Burmese
Source: Secondary reference


Chu-pan describes a type of floral scrolling that consists of a main curling stem with lots of little "hooks". It is described by Sylvia Fraser-Lu as "hook-like foliage".

Dha with chu-pan blade

A Burmese dha with a blade like those made in Mindan village, Yamethin district, with chu-pan motif on the blade.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


Close up of chu-pan motif

Close-up of blade.



The motif appears among others on Burmese lacquerwork and silver overlaid ironwork such as sword blades.


1. Sylvia Fraser-Lu, Burmese crafts, past and present, Oxford University Press, 1994. Page 239.

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Fine silver overlaid dha made in Mindan village, south of Mandalay, gained fame in the 19th century.


With inscriptions on blade, unusual grooves, and brass inlaid copper mounts.


Of a type likely produced by the Shan people and traded widely in the region.


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With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.


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