Opium Weight 10 Tical Beast Burma EOW15


From Yangon, Burma, this beast opium weight has a handle, rod mouth appendage and a much pitted surface from over a century of use. The main sign has disappeared entirely as have the horizontal base lines, but an auxiliary sign in the form of a circular depression is present on the rear of the base. In fact it has lost over a gram of bronze in wear.

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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: 5.5cm, 2.2 in
Base: 2.8cm, 1.1 in
Weight: 10 kyat/tical, 144 grams (kyat mass: 15.8g)
Base plan: square
Base lines: indistinguishable
Sign: indistinguishable
Frequency: 140/1000
Period: 1785-1796 (*Gear Group 2, Period c)
Form: beast

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

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