Lot of 4 so-called “Opium” Weights, three of these represent a Hintha, a Burmese mythical bird and the last one represents a monkey riding an elephant. Around the 19th century.
As for the last one with the monkey and the elephant, I have never seen a weight with such a representation, its wear makes it a strange object, I purchased it a very long time ago in Bagan, but I am unable to date it with precision, I do not even exactly know if this is a weight.
1°) Height: 68 mm. Diameter: 37 mm; Weight: 317 grams.
2°) Height: 65 mm. Diameter: 38 mm; Weight: 312 grams.
3°) Height: 54 mm. Diameter: 29 mm; Weight: 153 grams.
4°) Height: 46 mm. Diameter: 22 mm; Weight: 68 grams.
TRAVEL DIARY OF JEAN DUMOULIN
These typical weights from Burma have been used for centuries and are sometimes still used in certain markets of remote villages. They are named “opium weights”, but were actually crafted to weigh all sorts of precious products, gold, silver, medicinal plants, areca nuts, or even simple consumer goods.
Good condition, except for the last one, with traces of age and wear, wonderful patina of wear.
It will be carefully packaged and sent by insured mail with track & trace, via Bpost.
- N.º total de artículos
- Pesos birmanos
- siglo XIX
- Región / País de origen
- Tema / representación
- Hintha, elefante y mono
- Estado razonable, ver descripción
- 68×37×37 mm