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Asian weights from Thailand

Item Number
Estimated Value
$100 USD
$75 USD to izmo

The winning bid will go to FrontStream Global Fund (tax ID 26-3265577), a 501c3 nonprofit organization, which will send the donation to RICE PUBLIC LIBRARY (tax ID 010215686) on behalf of the winner.

Number of Bids
10  -  Bid History

Item Description

This hand-poured set of 10 solid bronze Asian weights on a teakwood stand was made to the donor's order in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, in early 1985. The stand is 19.25 inches long and 3.625 inches tall at its tallest end. The smallest of the weights (all of which are shaped like modern Asian elephants) is just one ounce, whereas the largest weighs one kilogram (2 lbs., 5 ounces), with each of the others progressively heavier or lighter.

Item Special Note

Often erroneously referred to as "opium weights," some centuries-old weights still turn up for sale, in various styles. from as far away as Burma, Thailand and Cambodia.

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