Old Set of 8 Mini Turtle with Baby Bronze Opium Weight 900 grams - Free Shipping

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
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  • Sold Date: Jan 21, 2013
  • Channel: Auction House

Old Set of 8 Mini Turtle with Baby Bronze Opium Weight 900 grams - Free Shipping

Total Weight : 900 grams

Size by Height : 5 cm / 4.5 cm / 4 cm / 3.5 cm / 3 cm / 2.8 cm / 2.5 cm / 2.3 cm
Size by Wide : 6.5 cm / 5.5 cm / 5 cm / 4.5 cm / 3. 5 cm / 3.3 cm / 3 cm / 2.8 cm

Century : 20th

Style : Burmese

Material : Bronze

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Tortoises

They are symbolic of longevity, strength and endurance.

This Weight is one of many authentic quality collectors opium weights that have been acquired throughout Burma, Thailand, Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia over a number of year.

OPIUM WEIGHTS Before the advent of a regular currency, transactions in the bazaars and marketplaces were made by weighing out lumps of relatively high valued metals which were used as currencies such as silver ingots, often referred to as 'ganza'. In order to ensure that the correct amount of ganza was weighed out, the bullion merchants used a series of weights which had been officially approved. The origin of these weights has not been established but it is thought they were introduced to Thailand by the Burmese when they conquered Ayudhya in the sixteenth century. The weights are made of a cupriferous alloy and were intended not only for trading
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