PAIR OF HUGE DHA SWORDS
Place of Origin: Northern Thailand (Rattanakosin Kingdom)
Date: 19th century
Overall: 1180MM (46.5 INCHES)
Blade: 622MM (24.5 INCHES)
Two large ceremonial swords from Northern Thailand which date to the 19th century. The hilts comprise wooden cores covered with silver sheet which has been divided into nine panels of fine and detailed repoussé decoration, with chased floral and geometric designs indicative of Thai style. The panels are separated by silver bands with a large bulbous pommel of segmented decoration. The swords’ curving blades each convey the identical profile of a flickering flame.
A similar, shorter sword is preserved in the National Museum, Bangkok. Illustrated and described by Panchaphan as a “Lanna-style” sword,[i] it is presumed that Panchaphan is referring to the Kingdom of Lan Na, an Indianised state centered in present-day Northern Thailand during the 13th to 18th centuries.
Private collection USA
Runjeet Singh 2015
London art market
Singh, 2015, Arms & Armour of the East, p.60-61.
[i] Naengoi Panchaphan, Silverware in Thailand, P.134.