Opium Weight 20 Tical Bronze Beast EOW47

$395.00

From Rangoon, Burma, this handsome beast opium weight features chest beading which is still clearly visible and an attractive, silvery patina. The extremities remain intact, while the 9 ray star sign on the base has nearly faded away over the centuries. This weight is classified by *Gear as Group 2, Period E.

Availability: In stock

The beast 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: 6.1cm, 2.5 in
Base: 4.2cm, 1.65 in
Weight: 20 kyat/tical, 318 grams (kyat mass: 15.7g)
Base plan: octagonal
Base lines: 4 horizontal lines
Sign: 9 ray star, barely visible
Frequency: 45/1000
Period:  1752-1767, 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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