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Chinese Bamboo Opium Scale - Qing 19th Century

Chinese Bamboo Opium Scale - Qing 19th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Wood: Pre 1910: Item # 1317754

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An opium scale made of two carved bamboo parts that pivot open at the rounded end and close together with a leather strap. Inside this violin-shaped instrument are the original items - metal scale tray, counterweight and a measuring rod made of a long single piece of wood. (See photos) The interior is carved so that all 3 items fit snugly inside. On outside of the scale the Chinese character "shou" made of metal. "Shou" symbolizes longevity and good luck.

Size: Length = 35 cm

Very good and with natural characteristics of age. The outer bamboo container and inner implements (tray, counterweight, wood stick) have all developed a beautiful patina. The tray and counterweight have oxidation. The wooden stick has been broken and glued back together.