Object Title

Sword (dha) and scabbard

Sword (dha) and scabbard



Object Number



Acquired before 1859. On loan L221 to the Horniman Museum (no.1971.48), Dreadnought Building, August 1988.

Physical Description

The blade is plain and single-edged with a straight back. The hilt is of ivory, carved in the form of a seated, glaring monkey holding a bow around its neck, and sheltering between its knees is a small divinity seated on three jewelled eyes. These figures are on a pedistal supported by a frieze of crouching figures. Between hilt and blade is a silver collar with incised herringbone decoration at the top and bottom, and a band of acanthus leaves around the middle.

The scabbard is of wood covered with red velvet. It has a silver throat with moulded bands and pearling, and three matching bands around its length. The chape is missing.


Dimensions: overall length: 70.5cm (27.8in), blade length: 50.2cm (19.8in), hilt length: 15.2cm (6.0in) Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.745 kg, the weight of the scabbard being 0.276 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Burma

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.315, p. 107

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.64, p. 11, as north Indian.