S.E.Asia & China

Very Fine Shan Burmese Dah Knife with Carved Grip

15596 Category:

1,725$ Exl. VAT

Origin: Burma/Laos

Date: Late 19C. - Early 20C.

Shan people from the borders of Burma Laos and Thailand are highly superstitious people and their world is full of demons monsters and other bad creatures. This faith is highly reflected in the handles of swords and daggers which are rich with  carved images of mythological creatures. These Dah knives are known as Dah Hmyaung and the beautifully carved bone and ivory handles represent the whole demonic world.

The handle of the beautiful Dah Hmyaung knife offered here is carved with two demon figures, one demon with exposed fangs sitting on the shoulder of the second one. Brass collar and brass mounted scabbard. Massive single edge blade lightly down curving.

This exemplar is a bit later, late 19 – early 20 C. Blade length 9 1/2  inches (24 cm). Total length 17 1/2  inches (44 cm). Very good condition.

For further details of this class of knives /daggers see: Robert Hales : “Islamic and oriental Arms and Armor” Pages 148-153


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