Opium Weight 10 Tical Bronze Bird SOLD

We acquired this unusual bird opium weight in Laos, where we were told it was cast by the Shan of Burma. The Shan were particularly skilled at casting bronze weights and produced some of the most attractive weights seen. Of the many weights cast in the form of a bird, we have never seen a base exactly like this one with a deep dotted line at the upper base. A 6 ray star sign is visible on the base and it has a complex patina with some oxidization.

Height: 5.6cm, 2.2 in
Base: 3cm, 1.2 in
Weight: 159 grams
Base plan: hexagonal
Base lines: 3
Sign: 6 ray star
Period:  Early 19th C

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