Opium Weight 20 Tical Bronze Beast EOW47


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.

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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