Opium Weight 20 Tical Bronze Karaweik EOW48


From Myawadi, Burma, this bird opium weight is often referred to as the karaweik, characterized by the pointed beak that curves down at the tip and the inverted V-shaped tail feathers. The bird was thought to provide a link between heaven and earth, symbolizing the flight of the soul and representing purity and gentleness. The extremities of the weight are very worn, leaving a smooth, dark patina.

Availability: In stock


Weight: 20 kyat/tical, 280 grams (kyat mass: 15.7g)
Height: 6cm, 2.4 in
Base: 4cm, 1.6 in
Base plan: octagonal
Base lines: 3 horizontal lines
Sign: indistinguishable
Frequency: 26/1000
Period: 1767-1785, King Hsinbyushin
Form: Bird, Kalaweik

* Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empire Paperback –2002 by Joan & Donald Gear

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