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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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With silver overlay on iron even continued on its hilt.


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


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


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.


Collected by a Russian prince from the hill peoples of central Vietnam in 1892.