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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Numismatics: Exonumia: Pre 1900: item # 1091149

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Lao Wedding Token
Very rare and eclectic Lao copper wedding token in the shape of a lat, also referred to as a tiger tongue coin. This was the form of money used in the Kingdom of Lanchang/Lanxang in what is now Laos and Northeast Thailand, late 16th to early 18th century. This piece was collected in Huay Xai, in northern Laos along the Thai border. The presence of the Bodhi leaf symbol as well as auspicious sacred Khom script lettering is associated with Buddhist amulets in Thailand and Laos, the primitive depictions of the human figures are typical with Lao folk art, possibly this might have been made by the Khamu/Khmu ethnic group, animists and the original inhabitants of this area. Buddhism and spirit worship comingle very comfortably with one another in this region. This item would have been given to a newly wed couple as a form of wishing them wealth and prosperity. Perfect original condition; any irregularities are the result of casting rather than damage. This piece dates to the 19th century possibly earlier. L: 36cm/14.2in and W: W: 6cm/2.3in.


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