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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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.


Of the silver overlaid type made in Mindan, with an unusual story on the blade.


With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.


Fine Mindan dha with a scene from the Ramayana on its blade.