Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques
Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques
Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques
Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques
Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques
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Burmese Cockerel Opium Weights - 18th Century SE Asian Antiques

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Discover the charm and history embedded in this exquisite set of four bronze Burmese opium weights, all masterfully crafted in the shape of cockerels. Dating back to the 18th century, each piece in this collection carries stories from a bygone era, making it a truly unique addition to any collection.

Details:

Epoch: Originating from the 18th century.

Composition: Crafted from solid bronze, ensuring durability and a timeless appeal.

Design: Each weight takes the form of a detailed cockerel, showcasing the artistry of the time.

Set Details: This collection includes four weights, with the largest tipping the scales at 153g.

Condition: As genuine antiques, they show signs of age, which only adds to their allure and value.
Why You'll Love This:

Historical Value: Owning a piece of the 18th century.

Unique Design: The cockerel form is not just a weight; it's a work of art.

Versatile Display: Perfect for collectors, as a gift, or to enhance your home’s décor.

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Embrace the mystique of the past and give your space a touch of history with these incredible Burmese opium weights.

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Animal folklore is prevalent in Burmese mythology and religion. Weights, loom pulleys, textiles, everyday household items, and everything in between, were commonly decorated with animal forms.

The earliest recorded Burmese weights are from the 13th century and only mimicked bird and quadruped shapes. They were used with balance scales in early commerce and most commonly ranged in weight from ½ to 100 ticals (3.5lbs). Weights and scales were often stored in boxes carved with intricate patterns.

Art collectors have referred to these weights as “opium weights.” However, art historians refer to them as graduated, or standard weights because only smaller weights were used in opium trade.