DescripcióBurmese animal weights, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "opium weights" are distinctive and highly collectible. Such weights were hardly used for opium, being found mainly in markets, initially for weighing bronze, silver and gold, but later for all sorts of commodities. Originating in the Burmese kingdoms of Bagan and Ava, their initial designs were drawn from animals linked with stories from the life of the Buddha, local religion and royal history, the most widely found shapes being a squat duck (the hamsa, or divine bird), a mythical lion (chinthe, symbol of royal power) or an elephant. The more common types of weights can range in mass from a tiny 1.5 g to a very substantial 16 kg. Animal Weights recounts the history of these fascinating objects with particular reference to Burma, outlines tips for collectors and sets the weights in context by also discussing the elephant weights of Thailand, as well as weights from Laos, India and Africa. With over 500 photographs, this book provides an excellent guide for the collector and a treasure trove of delightful imagery.
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Prestel Publishing Ltd
Data de publicació
31 de Gener de 2019
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