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1 Tical Late Shan Duck, Hamsa (1752 - 1800)

1 Tical Late Shan Duck, Hamsa (1752 - 1800)

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A small Hamsa Opium weight with a simple design without a lot ridges or lines around the figure. The lines around the hexagonal base have completely been worn out. Small deposits of dirt around the animal and spots of bronze pattina, especially under the base. The figure also has, on top of the head, a cockscomb spike.

Weight: 1 Tical = 16 Grams

This Hamsa/Shan Duck is part of the last released groups of Burmese standard weights. The last group was sent out during during the Konbaung Period (1752 - 1885). And this example is no older than the 1800's.

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: 1 Tical = 16 Grams

Provenance: Ex. Private Collection, Netherlands.

Culture & Year: Burmese, 1752 - 1800 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: 2.3 cm
Length: 1.6 cm
Width: 1.1 cm

Low stock: 1 left

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