Rare Pumpkin Base Bird Opium Weight 10 Tical 14th – 15thC EOW187


This is an extraordinarily rare weight from the earliest castings of weights in Burma. It is a Hamsa bird weight from the period 1385 AD-1460 AD and features a pumpkin base with short vertical strokes and a rod mouth appendage. It has a complex, slightly mottled, oxidized patina common to bronze weights that have endured many centuries of exposure to the elements. The weights feels smooth in the hand, with naturally worn extremities and is a delight to look upon. A certificate of authenticity will be provided with this weight.

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This weight has has survived the centuries well, with no repairs, including the vulnerable mouth rod appendage. An avid collector is lucky to come across a weight like this once in a lifetime and after many hours spent in market places and dealer’s shops of Burma, Laos and Thailand. It is only the second of its kind that we have come across in over 20 years of enthusiastically collecting weights.

Height: 4.2cm, 17 in
Base: 3cm, 1.18 in
Weight: 97g, 10 kyat/tical , (kyat mass: 10.2g)
Base plan: round pumpkin
Base lines: short vertical strokes
Period: Group 7, Period M* 1385-1460, King Razadarit- Queen Shinsawbu
* p. 212 Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empire Paperback, 2002 by Joan & Donald Gear

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