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Late Shan Bird/Duck Weight

Late Shan Bird/Duck Weight

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A very fine Hamsa standard bronze weight often referred to as a shan duck, with small spots of green-ish bronze pattina. The figure has an octagonal base, smooth body and a srtutting U-tail.

This Hamsa/Shan Duck is part of one of the laast released groups of Burmese standard weights. The last group was sent out during during the Konbaung Period (1752 - 1885).

The Burmese Standard weights were produced by official sites appointed by the king/leader of the country - because of this there were in general very stylistic tendencies throughout time. But this also motivated people to forge their own weights, and cheat.

Even though there are stylistic tendencies one must not forget that the late shan or hamsa weights are more or less a slightly diferent copy of the older Mon ducks and Golden Hamsas.

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

Weight: 10 Tical = 154 Grams

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, Netherlands.

Culture & Year: , 1770 - 1850 AD.

Condition: Very fine.

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

Heigth: 5.3 cm
Length: 3.4 cm
Width: 3.3 cm

Low stock: 1 left

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