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Opium Weight 5 Tical Beast EOW51

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From Rangoon, Burma, this attractive little beast opium weight features chest beading, which is still clearly visible. The extremities are intact, and the patina shows a good deal of wear from over a century of use. This weight is classified by *Gear as Group 2, Period E.

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The beast opium weight is thought to represent the Bodhisattva, or one who seeks enlightenment out of compassion to release others from suffering, as well as the Chakravartin, a divine universal monarch.

Characteristics
Height: 4cm, 1.6 in
Base: 4cm, 1.6 in
Weight: 5 kyat/tical, 80 grams (kyat mass: 15.7g)
Base plan: octagonal
Base lines: 4 horizontal lines
Sign: 9 ray star, not visible
Frequency: 45/1000
Period: 1767-1785, King Hsinbyushin
Form: beast

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

 

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