15thC-16thC Opium Weight 20 Tical Beast EOW102


This rarely seen beast opium weight is most likely from the 1600s and is distinguished by the signs on the base with a square depression at the front and a 6 ray star (now barely visible) on the front left panel of the octagon, as well as flattened tail, and prominent lines on the lower legs and above the eyes. Ears, horns, and tail are worn but intact.

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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.

Height: 5.8cm, 2.3 in
Base: 4.2cm, 1.7 in
Weight: 20 kyat/tical, 291 grams (kyat mass: 15g)
Mouth Appendage: Absent
Base plan: octagonal
Main Sign: Front Square Depression
Auxiliary Sign: 6 ray star ( very faint)
Frequency: 15/1000
Period: *Gear: Group 4, Ia, 1595-1626, Mollat: T2 c.1680
Form: beast/to/chinthe

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

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