Siamese Bull Opium Weight EOW148

$145.00

In the form of a domestic bull, this rare diminutive 19thC opium weight was acquired in northern Thailand where few genuine weights remain. Other forms include the dog, rabbit, monkey, horse, snake, elephant, deer, pig and various birds.

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The use of animal shaped weights of the solar Chinese zodiac was in popular use in northern Laos and Siam from at least the 1800s where they were commonly used to weigh opium, and silver ingots. They were also kept as good luck charms and it was common for fortune tellers to keep a complete set.

It is widely agreed that the animal weights of Siam & Laos were generally much less accurate than the Burmese weights. Genuine Siamese / Lao weights were often made of a particularly high quality bronze.

Characteristics
Height: 2.6cm, 1 in
Base Length: 2.3cm, .9 in
Weight: 36 grams
Period: 19th Century

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