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, England, 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.


An unusual cross-cultural mix, blending Burmese, Japanese and Indian parts.


With iron ferrule and copper and silver overlaid blade.


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


In original condition and period finish. Some losses, no repairs.