Opium Weight 20 Tical Golden Hamsa EOW189


From Burma, this 18th century opium weight is often referred to as the Golden Hamsa. The rod mouth appendage was evidently broken off many moons ago and the extremities of the weight have been worn smooth through use. In the *Gears’ guide, this weight is classified as Group 3, period E.

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The style of this opium weight is instantly recognizable with the raised head crests and curled tail feathers in a v-shape along with the rod mouth appendage (in this case missing). The extremities of the weight have been smoothed over with the passage of time leaving a very attractive, smooth, rich patina. The 6 ray star sign on the base is still faintly distinguishable.

Height: 6.1cm, 2.4 in
Base: 4.5cm, 1.8 in
Weight: 20 kyat/tical, 298 grams (kyat mass: 15.3g)
Base plan: octagonal
Base lines: 3 horizontal lines
Sign: 9 ray star
Tail: V – shaped
Frequency: 13/1000
Period: 1757-1767, King Alaungpaya
Form: bird, ‘Golden Hamsa’

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

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