16thC Opium Weight 2 Tical Beast EOW172

This 2 tical beast or toe weight is exceptionally rare. In Earth to Heaven by Donald and Joan *Gear, the weight classified as Group 5 (KL), and dates back to the late 15th century or early 16th century.

The weight is characterized by its circular base, fine vertical lines at the back of the neck, mouth appendage, upward pointing tail, and distinct chest decoration. The patina of the weight is consistent with its age showing the complexities unique to centuries old bronze, which are more obvious under magnification. The kyat mass for this period is suggested by the Gears to be in two possible groups: 14g and 14.6. This weight at 27.75 grams accords with the first group.

In addition to being infrequently cast, weights of this size were easily lost due to their diminutive size and make an important part of any serious opium weight collection.

Height: 2.4cm, .94 in
Base: 2cm, .78 in
Weight: 27.75 grams (14 grams kyat mass for period)
Base plan: circular
Base lines: 1
Period:  Late 15th – Early 16thC
Form: beast / toe


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

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