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Rare variant of the Chinte / Toe bronze opium weight w 4 spikes!

Rare variant of the Chinte / Toe bronze opium weight w 4 spikes!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1800: Item # 1469491
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Interesting and rare variant of Bronze 10 tical opium Toe weight, Burmese ca. 1750-80 AD (?).

This Toe has the elevated horselike tail with 4 instead of usual three spikes, and standing on an octagonal and finely stepped base, engraved with 9-rayed star seal as verification mark.

Very unusual weight that confirms that these weights were probably mixed and overlapping and made deep in the 18th. century.

Reff: Leif B. Mikkelsen 'Opium Weights', p.132, fig. 70.

Weight: 163 grams = 10 Tical.

Rarity: Rare variant.

Condition: Choice Very Fine. Fine brown patina - another gem from the Abrahamsen Collection.

Provenance: John Abrahamsen Collection, important Danish private collection of c. 250 Opium weights, hand-picked from 1991-2006, by the collector from German, British and Danish dealers. Comes with COA and provenance.