Dha scabbards are typically formed using two strips of wood, often bamboo, that are bound together with rattan or metal. The most common binding is multiple thin braided rattan strips at intervals along the sheath.
A cotton rope is wrapped around the throat of the scabbard and tied in a loop that is used to hang the sword over a shoulder or sling it across the chest. When worn over the shoulder, the sword is carried hilt forward, with the cutting edge down and drawn across the body. The blade, though corroded, remains sharp.
It rests on a custom built stand for display.
Length: 73cm, 28 in
Width of blade: 3cm, 1.2 in
Provenance: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Period: Late 19th century