Opium Weight 10 Tical Bronze Bird EOW59


From Burma, this 18th century opium weight is one of the most attractive forms of bird cast and is sometimes referred to as the Golden Hamsa. Weights in this styling are exceedingly difficult to find nowadays, either in Burma or in neighboring countries. 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. The extremities of the weight have been smoothed over by the hands of time leaving a very attractive, smooth, rich patina. The 6 ray star sign on the base is still distinguishable.

Height: 5cm, 2 in
Base: 3.2cm, 1.2 in
Weight: 10 kyat/tical, 149grams (kyat mass: 14.9g)
Base plan: octagonal
Base lines: 2 horizontal lines
Sign: 9 ray star
Tail: V – shaped
Frequency: 19/1000
Period:  Mid 18thC
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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