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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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.