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Hintha (Burmese goose) and karaweik (Burmese crane) weights
SKAZsz 21/1-4, 23/1-4, SKAZsz 25/2-3, SKAZsz 26, SKAZsz 240/1-3, SKAZsz 241/1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

These weights - examples of handicraft and everyday articles - belong to a group of unique objects on a world scale. Zoomorphic weights appeared only in few places in the world, in different times: in ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt and in West Africa (15th-20th C.). Burmese weights are characterized by varied and beautifully carved shapes, mostly of birds and lions.

History of the Object
Burmese weights are said to have been used for hundreds of years not only in Burma but also in nearby countries like Thailand or Laos. Each king recast a new set of official weights when he was enthroned.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Bronze cast, patina 
Measurements
Height from left to right: 6,9 cm, 6,3 cm, 3,8 cm, 4,35 c  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Myanmar 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
18th Century - 19th Century 
Function
These weights, sometimes known under the name 'standard weights' or under the misleading name 'opium weights', were commerce weights mostly cast in the capital of Burma. They took on different forms closely related to Buddhist iconography and mythology. All of them were supposed to bear stamp marks. Unstamped ones were prohibited by royal administration. 
Acquisition
Purchased by the museum in 1978 from a private collector. 
Copyright
Copyright Ⓒ National Museum in Warsaw 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum in Warsaw, state property 
Museum
National Museum in Warsaw 
Credit line
Courtesy of National Museum in Warsaw 

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