Bronze 5 Tikal Weight-‘Chinthe’
From Burma, this bronze weight is in the form of the mythical beast called a ‘chinthe’ in Burma, or lion/dog. (In Thailand it is known as a ‘singh’.) Such weights are commonly called “opium weights”, but were actually part of a standard system of weights and measurements used for all manner of goods, and officiated by the king and government at the time. Dating from the late 18th-early 19th centuries, it is a medium-sized 5 tikal weight and weighs 64gm. The base is square and is encircled by two horizontal bands. Vestiges of a 7-point star sign on the base, as well as a dot-in-a-circle on the rear side, are official marks. For its size there are nice details. There is a bit of encrusted dirt which we have not removed. This is a good, authentic example of this type. Note that it could have been part of a set along with ATW309 and ATW146- they have the same details and look great grouped together.
1.75 x 1.2 x .75 inches; 4.5 5 x 3x 2 cm