A scarce and elaborate 'Golden Hamsa' Opium Weight, Burmese, (Ava, Rangoon or Mandalay), Period: 1757-1767, King Alaungpaya.
Octagonal lower stepped base, 9-star mark, Beak content, Rod-like or treefoil, 2 neck ridges, one back cover.
Weight: ca. 330 grams - a massive and beautiful weight!
Condition: Choice, much smooth wear, terrific brown patina.
Reff: See figure 74 of Leif B. Mikkelsen 'Opium Weights', p. 137 for the general type (Gear group 2 + 3).
Provenance: Important massive Danish Private Collection of Opium Weights, collected between 1970s-1990 with a focus on the rare to very rare weights from different parts of SE Asia.