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Old 9th September 2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Default Is this a THAI or BURMESE Shield?

Almost certainly 19th Century, I thought at first this was wood, but now believed it is carefully shaped hide that has been heavily lacquered and painted. The rear is reinforced with a hardwood rib which also serves as the handle.

But....is it Thai or Burmese???...and what characteristics would define it as such???

Thanks in advance for any input.
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Old 9th September 2010, 11:44 PM   #2
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Damm, Charles...that is one badass shield!!! Where can I get one!! Beautiful depiction on the front. Reminds me of the Chinese Fu Dogs/Lion/ Evil tempered Pekinese dog That is an interesting looking bone in his mouth...some sort of forked arrow/ scepter/ pole arm.

Regarding if it's Thai or Burmese, I'm not entirely sure...I really haven't seen any shields like this from Burma that are as ornate, but not to say they don't exist....most shields I've seen pictures of the Northern Burmese ethnic groups...Naga, Kachin, etc and infinite sub groups which are not as ornate. Obviously though by the highly skilled and diverse craftsmanship seen in the Dha from the ethnic groups in Burma, this level of skill was present.

As I brought up earlier in a thread: http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showthread.php?t=11786

It is puzzling why we don't see more examples of Burmese weapons other than swords...muskets, shields, pole arms brought back by UK soldiers & colonist....or Thai examples from early Portuguese, Dutch traders...followed by English, French, etc

Talking with Michael Charney, he reminded me that some Thai artisans where brought back to Burma during various raids and sacks throughout Thailand...therefore some crafts are similar...and that what we think of Thailand & Burma didn't exist then but really more of a loose collection of tribes and states that borders and rulers frequently changed alliance...eg...The city state of Chiang Mai frequently changed alliance between Ayutthaya and Burma.

Wow, what a stunning shield...thanks for sharing!

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Old 9th September 2010, 11:46 PM   #3
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Charles, I was wondering if you could list the specs on this shield? Height, width, weight ???

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Old 9th September 2010, 11:55 PM   #4
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Charles, I would love to hear what our Thai forum members Bancha & Puff would comment. My feeling is the shield is Thai...Central Thai.
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I'd say that pic speaks volumes...any specific info on the photo??
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Old 10th September 2010, 12:00 AM   #7
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Interesting...the swords the elephant handlers are carrying are not dha/daab(note the European style hilts), but the shield bearers do appear to be carrying them.
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Old 10th September 2010, 12:07 AM   #8
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I think it is a Thai khen. Beautiful shield.
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Old 10th September 2010, 01:46 AM   #9
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I think it is a Thai khen. Beautiful shield.


Or would it be classified as a daang?

From the DRI, I found these terms for shield:

dang: a large wooden shield used in Thailand, often elaborately painted (also dheng, dhung); see also daab dang.

daab dang (dheng): (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a large, rectangular shield ("dang/dheng").

khen: small, round hide or metal shield or buckler used in Thailand, often elaborately painted; see also daab khen.

daab khen: (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a buckler ("khen").


The term for shield I know in Thai is "Lo" so one to add to the list
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I'd say that pic speaks volumes...any specific info on the photo??


I can't remember the specifics of the photo...let me do some searching.
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Interesting...the swords the elephant handlers are carrying are not dha/daab(note the European style hilts), but the shield bearers do appear to be carrying them.


European style swords they call Krabi.

Note also that there are two different types of shields in the picture...one narrow one, among the larger rectangular ones.
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Old 10th September 2010, 02:09 AM   #12
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Thai shields & spears from a Thai palace...I think you will especial like these next photos, Charles...













There you go... Last one is pretty similar to the one you have...I see some Chinese influence.. Chinese coins in the middle bottom of the last photo.

As you can see your's Charles is in fantastic condition compared to the above.

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Old 10th September 2010, 02:20 AM   #13
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and also the forked item in his mouth...not really sure what it is...but I've seen something like it....









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Old 14th September 2010, 12:27 PM   #14
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I think this just continues to confirm our original theory that the shield is Thai.

Thanks for the terrific pics!!
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Old 14th September 2010, 09:09 PM   #15
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Congratulations. I've never seen one that well kept. Those are great pics Nathaniel, thanks for posting.
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Old 15th September 2010, 04:28 AM   #16
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Great shield Charles, I commend you on your taste.

Nathaniel, you always share the most interesting pictures, thank you.

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Old 15th September 2010, 08:48 AM   #17
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Or would it be classified as a daang?

From the DRI, I found these terms for shield:

dang: a large wooden shield used in Thailand, often elaborately painted (also dheng, dhung); see also daab dang.

daab dang (dheng): (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a large, rectangular shield ("dang/dheng").

khen: small, round hide or metal shield or buckler used in Thailand, often elaborately painted; see also daab khen.

daab khen: (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a buckler ("khen").


The term for shield I know in Thai is "Lo" so one to add to the list


You are right, definitely a dheng. Got my wires crossed there (getting old is a drag).
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It's okay, Mark--that DRI guy is smart.
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Oh, btw, Charles--awesome sheild. Thanks for sharing it.
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Default Clarity please...

I have read the Khen is also of this shape but narrower and the Loh is the round Dhal type. Can further clarity be offered on this please.

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I have read the Khen is also of this shape but narrower and the Loh is the round Dhal type. Can further clarity be offered on this please.

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I agree...Any Thai forum members to shed some light? I'd also like to know what the forked thing is too!?
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Old 16th September 2010, 04:46 AM   #22
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You are right, definitely a dheng. Got my wires crossed there (getting old is a drag).


Good thing you wrote it down! I know I would have to... Very thankful for the information you have up on DRI. Where did you get all the Thai terminology from? I know I was surprised to see kind of specific.

Like:

daab dang (dheng): (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a large, rectangular shield ("dang/dheng").

daab khen: (Thai) a daab used one-handed with a buckler ("khen").

daab lo: (Thai) daab used with a sheild.

I wonder how the swords might differ then? Depending on the type of shield used? I imagine this could make sense different sword and shield paired ideally for certain benefits/ conditions/ different branch/ type of soldier unit...it would be great to have pictures/ further information to identify what each would look like and why!
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daab dang (dheng):
daab khen:
daab lo:

These terms are more related to combat units in troop formation rather than a specific type of Dahb paired with a type of shield.

The terms are often found on old Siamese book of war.


These are examples of Dahb with different type of shields (photo taken from The National Museum).
Dahb with Khen


Dahb with Dunk


Round shields were used in this area in 12C.

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Please be noted that the paired Dahb with shields in the museum may not very accurate.

Also terms Loh, Dunk, Kehn are often confused even among Thai people.
Scholars often refer
Loh : any type of shields
Dunk : rectangular shields
Kehn : round shields

Modern Krabi Krabong School often refer
Loh : round shields
Dunk : rectangular shields
Kehn : rectangular shields

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daab dang (dheng):
daab khen:
daab lo:

These terms are more related to combat units in troop formation rather than a specific type of Dahb paired with a type of shield.


Ah, I just wondered because I had read about the Chinese sword used with Chinese rattan shields are more curved but this was due to fighting incoming calvary....this is just an example. I would assume that in Thailand there was not as much use of calvary?!? Or at least I have not seen much about it.

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Please be noted that the paired Dahb with shields in the museum may not very accurate.

Also terms Loh, Dunk, Kehn are often confused even among Thai people.
Scholars often refer
Loh : any type of shields
Dunk : rectangular shields
Kehn : round shields

Modern Krabi Krabong School often refer
Loh : round shields
Dunk : rectangular shields
Kehn : rectangular shields

...


K.Puff, I do not know very much about use of shields, but do you know if there was one shape of the shield better for certain situations/ certain shape shield used for different unit of the military due to their function/ role?
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