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Original Burmese Opium weight Burma No 13

£37.50
SKU A04015

Opium weight, Burma

Bronze opium weight, Burma.

Style: 
Classic Chicken (female) style.

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 range of different designs, primarily based on animals or creatures from local religion/mythology.

They were produced in 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: 
2.7 cm high x 2 cm wide x 2 cm deep.

Weight:
30g.

Date: 
circa 19th century.