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Title

Hintha bird weight

19th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

Popularly referred to as 'opium weights', they were used to gauge the weight of the daily items of commerce found in the markets. Weights are usually in the form of birds or quadrupeds. The Hintha bird is one of the most commonly depicted birds. The emblem of the Mon kingdom which once ruled over lower Burma, it has a duck's beak and feet and a crested comb. The small seal impressed on the hexagonal base below the hintha's right foot is the official seal legalizing the weight. Such seals were applied by officials responsible for checking the weights.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, March 1984


Details


Place where the work was made

Myanmar


Date

19th century


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

bronze, lost wax


Dimensions

11.5 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984


Accession number

65.1984



Place

Where the work was made
Myanmar

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Arts of Asia, 'Burmese 'Opium' weights', pg. 73-81, Hong Kong, Jan 1982-Feb 1982.