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Beautiful 1 Baht Lanna Elephant Opium Weight

Beautiful 1 Baht Lanna Elephant Opium Weight

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A beautiful opium weight representing an elephant on an elongated octagonal base. The base is 4 steps high.
It's difficult to tell what symbol the validation mark represents, however this is a typical example of an elephant weight with elongated base telling me it's most likely from the Chiang Mai or Chiang Saen - the northern region of Thailand, and part of the Lanna kingdom. Definetly from the Lanna kingdom and 1700's.

Weight: 1 Baht = 13 Grams

The Lanna kingdom did take the Burmese bird weights into consideration, however kept their own weights, and the weight unit of around 12.2.

The longer and a bit more elongated octagonal base a a look preserved throughout the 1700's till the beginnig of the 1800's, with the mark of either Chiang Saen or Chiang Mai.

Finding elephant weights weighing more than 5 Baht/65 grams is very unusual and exceedingly rare! So keep an eye out for those in the future. This is because elephant weights were generally used for smaller quantities.

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.
Kind Regards,
Theodor Knutzen, Antiqua Gallery

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, Netherlands.

Culture & Year: Lanna Kingdom - Thailand, 1774 AD.

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

Condition: Very fine.

Heigth: 1.9 cm
Length:1.7 cm
Width: 1.4 cm

Low stock: 1 left

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