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Antique Bronze Opium Weight from Burma - $75 (Seal Beach)

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1103 Pacific Coast Hway near Balboa

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Handmade
model name / number: Opium Weight

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In Burmese this would be to-aung (bull/lion) or in Thai it would be singha style. A singha is a mythological, lion-like creature from Thai Buddhist mythology. These weights were produced in a range of different designs, primarily based on animals or creatures from local religion/mythology.

These handmade opium weights were used not only as units of opium measurement, but used in everyday transactions where items were traded by weight. They were produced in a series from very small weights to much larger sizes. Although the units of measurement do not correspond neatly to western scales of measurement, there is a proportional relationship, between the various sizes in a series.

Dimensions: Height: 2.75 inches; Base: 1.4 inches square.
Weight: 314g.
Date: 19th century.
Material: Bronze.Antique Bronze Opium Weight from Burma

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