In excavated condition, with copper alloy hilt.
Sheathed 89 cm
Sword 86.8 cm
Base 9.5 mm
Middle 6 mm
5 cm from tip 4 mm
Narrowest at base 24.5 mm
Widest towards tip 31 mm
17 cm from hilt
Iron, steel, wood, silver, resin
Late 19th to early 20th century
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A luxuriously mounted dha. The blade is a clean, slightly hollow ground blade in the Bamar style. Relatively thick and heavy, it has a ridged spine all the way into the tip. The blade surface shows hints of lamination and a hardened, martensite rich edge from heat treatment.
The hilt is entirely covered with silver plating and with six decorative bands on the grip. The pommel is in the shape of a lotus bud. The wooden scabbard is also in luxurious Bamar style; mounted with three silver mounts and a number of bands between them, one appears missing.
Dating & attribution
Most of its design influences point towards Bamar ethnic group, and it was probably manufactured in the southern part of the country where the Bamar are most numerous.
In terms of dating, I believe it is from the late 19th to perhaps early 20th century. Let's say circa 1900, give or take a decade.
A very clean, quality example in excellent, original condition.
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