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Old 27th March 2021, 09:41 PM   #1
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Good evening everybody,

I would like to share with you one of my last find, a nice silver mounted Dha dagger with a, what I belive it could be, a tiger tooth or claw as hilt !

I've searched about the origin of this knife and find it could be Thai or burmese, what's your mind about it ?
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Old 27th March 2021, 10:21 PM   #2
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Hi CNK1:

Your question seems simple but, like so many questions about edged weapons in SE Asia, the answer is not so simple.

The silver work, especially the design of the sheath and its filigree work, is almost certainly Shan in manufacture. Now, the (largely autonomous) Shan States are located in Burma/Myanmar geographically, but ethnically and culturally the Shan are related to the "Tai" peoples of northern Thailand, Laos, and southern Yunnan. So the title of your post is correct, depending on how you look at the geographic/ethnic/cultural relationships of the Shan.

A shorter conventional answer to your question, based on the views of Western collectors: the style of this type of dagger is often referred to as "Burmese" (meaning coming from Burma/Myanmar, rather than being of Burman origin) and called a dha hmyaung.

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Hello Ian,

Thank's for your help !

Your explanation are really helpfull and I like the way you "distinguished" the ethnic and geographic origin, really complete and interesting answer

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Old 28th March 2021, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hello Clément,


Glad I could be of help.


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