Language: Burmese
Source: Period account


Maung Pyo was a Burmese craftsman who was active in Mindan Village, Yamethin District. He came from a lineage of artists specializing in smithing combined with silver overlay work, going back five generations. His father was Saya Lan.

He and his father were interviewed by E.N. Bell who wrote a monograph on Burmese iron and steel work in 1907.1

See the complete glossary article under Saya Pyo.



Burmese dagger

A Burmese dagger or dha-hmyuang, made by Saya Pyo.


1. E.N. Bell I.C.S.; A Monograph on Iron and Steel Work in Burma. Rangoon, Superintendent, Government Printing Burma, 1907. Page 21.

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A signed and dated Burmese dha.


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.