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5 Tical Late To Type Opium Weight, Bodawpaya-Campaigns

5 Tical Late To Type Opium Weight, Bodawpaya-Campaigns

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A Late To type opium weight on an octagonal base with 3 horizontal lines around it - sometimes these lines can be almost like steps.
The Figure has a 9 rayed verification star mark. The 9-rayed stars were used on the To weights which were launche by Bodawpaya in connection with his war campaign in 1785 -  1787 AD. These marks might symbolize the "Dharma Chakra" - the wheel of law.

The To figure has an elevated horse-like tail with 3 spikes - each representing a country that the empire consisted of (Burma, Lanna and Ayutthaya).
The chest of the animal is decorated with a double chain of small circles.

The use or production of Lion-Like bronze weights more or less stopped around 1826 when Burma lost its first Anglo-Burmese War.
The To Type weight lost its significance and relevance when Burma came under foreign rule, especially because the weights were a kind of authoritative symbol or the ruler - however if you don't rule, it doesn't make sense do make that symbol.

Weight: 5 Tical = 84 Grams

Sorry for a bit unclear pictures, they will be updated in the future! Otherwise just contact me for pictures or more info on the piece.
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Theodor Knutzen, Antiqua Gallery

Litterature Reference: Leif Bering Mikkelsen. Opium Weights - Old Animal-shaped Bronze Weights from Southeast Asia. Commercial, ethnic, symbolic and historical perspectives. 2017.

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, Netherlands.

Condition: Very fine.

Culture & year: Burmese, Approx. 1785 - 1787 AD.

Height: 4.1 cm
Width: 2.5 cm
Length: 3 cm

Low stock: 1 left

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