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Item ID : OPW-D3-160601 Title : BURMA-LAO-THAILAND (GOLDEN TRIANGLE) OPIUM WEIGHT DUCK (HAMZA MYHTICAL BIRD) SHAPE SET OF 3 Date : AD 19th Century - early 20th Century Material : Bronze (copper, tin, zinc) Condition : Very fine condition, no scratch, no rust Description : 1 set of 3 Duck (Hamza Myhtical Bird) shape opium weight : 160, 80, 32 g. The mountain tribes of the Golden Triangle (Burma,Lao and Thailand) used these small animal-figure weights to weight opium when the opium trade was flourishing in the area around the 18-19th century, although they were made actually for everyday use, including all sort of commercial. It is not exactly known when this sort of weight originated but some archaeological excavation documentation mentioned a finding of duck shape and lion shape sculptures dating back to 100-400 A.D. in Central Burma. Hamza (or Hinta) Myhtical Birds (more of Swan) was considered by Burmese a sacred animal, living in the sacred place called "Himalaya Forest" and bring good luck to worshiper. It is hard to tell the age of each opium weight, but it can be estimated by the consistancy of the alloy it made of. Up until last half of 19th century, they were made of bronze while the older ones ,made in 16th/17th century, contained more copper and thus are more reddish color. During late 17th and 18th century, tin was most prevalent and giving more silvery hue. Most after that they were cast from alloy with solf yellow of bronze. In the late 19th/20th century the material was majorly brass. "Modern reproductions are plenty in market, and they are not to be condemned as long as they are being offered at price corresponding to their true value and specified with accurate date of production... They are fakes as soon as their asking price represents those of old originals..." OPIUM-GEWICHTE, POIDS D'ASIE by Rolf Und Ilse Braun, Germany 1983 ** WE DO NOT BUY OR SELL FAKES OR REPRODUCTIONS ** * MONEY BACK GUARANTEED * size : 30x45, 25x38, 17x27, , base shape-Hexagonal. Weight : 160, 80, 32 g. (270 g.) Reference : OPIUM-GEWICHTE, POIDS D'ASIE by Rolf Und Ilse Braun, Germany 1983 Payment : Pay Pal preferred. Winning bidder is required to submit payment within 3 days after winning. Shipment will not be made before full payment is received. Shipping Policy : Most items shipped same day of payment receipt, please allow 3 business day in case of unforeseen delay. Actual shipping cost by Thailand Post applied, no hidden S&H overcharging. Ship via Thailand Post AIR MAIL with Registration ***NOTE : Economy Rate not available to some countries, please see followings) ***BUYER FROM FOLLOWING COUNTRIES...PLEASE READ... EUROPE: ALBANIA,ANDORRA,ANTARTICA,ARMENIA,ARZERBIJAN,BELARUS,Bosnia and Herzegovina,BULGARIA,CROATIA,CYPRUS,ESTONIA, GEORGIA,GIBRALTAR,GREECE,GREENLAND,HUNGARY,ICELAND,KAZAKHSTAN,KYRGYSTAN,LATVIA,LIECHTENSTEIN,LITHUANIA,LUXEMBOURG, MACEDONIA,MALTA,MOLDOVA, MONACO,ROMANIA,SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA,TURKEY,TURKMENISTAN,YUGOSLAVIA, AMERICAS: ARGENTINA,BOLIVIA,CHILE,COLUMBIA, COSTA RICA, PANAMA,PARAGUAY,PERU, VENEZUELA, ASIA: CAMBODIA, LAO, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM AFRICA: ALL COUNTRIES DUE TO UNAVAILABLITLY OF ECONOMY AIRMAIL SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRIES, YOUR ITEMS MUST BE SHIPPED BY FIRSTCLASS AIRMAIL RATE ONLY, PLEASE DONOT PAY INSTANTLY, WAIT FOR REVISED INVOICE, OR ASK BEFORE YOU BUY. Shipping Rate To Americas, Canada : Economy Airmail (about 3-4 weeks) : US$9.00 First Class Airmail (about 2-3 weeks) : US$14.00 To Europe, Africa, Australia : Economy Airmail (about 3-4 weeks) : US$8.00 First Class Airmail (about 2-3 weeks) : US$13.00 To Asia : Economy Airmail (about 2-4 weeks) : US$7.00 First Class Airmail (about 1-2 weeks) : US$12.00 Please take note!!!!! I ship within 24 hours of payment received. Delivery depending on postal traffic and customs clearing which I can not control them, sometimes as fast as 1 week, sometimes 1 month or more. Buyer will receive Thailand Post Tracking Number when packet leave. Status check available at Thailand Post web site. Save upto 50%!!! on postage. Combine mulitple items in same shipment can save considerably. Almost half is one time Registration Fee. If you win multiple items, please wait for invoice with combined shipping which can save you upto 50%. The more you buy the more you save. Packing : Items packed in hard carton-card box with bubble pad and put in 6x9 brown envelope. Shipped as "Gift - Paper Weight" at minimal value. No Receipt/packing slip with purchase value is included in packet, unless advised by buyer. International buyers responsible for any import tax/duty/restriction and seller will not accept unclaimed return. Return : All items are guaranteed authentic. Grading is applied faithfully on conservative and longterm professional basis in mind. Anyhow, buyers' 100% satisfaction is respected and full money back is guaranteed. Return, in the original condition, must be made within 7 days of receipt. Please e-mail for instruction prior to returning or leaving feedback, otherwise money can not be returned. Shipping cost can not be refunded and return expenses are buyers' responsibility. Returns & Refunding is quite costly, to avoid unneccessary expenses, please be sure to read through sales condition and ask questions or inspect the items scans throughly prior to bidding. Feedback: Positive feedback will be returned once buyer confirm receiving of merchandise in good order and leave positive feedback. If for any reason buyers are not happy with service or merchandise and request for refund, please inquire via email before leaving feedback. Every effort will be made to resolve any dispute to the best of both party's interests. The items pictured are exactly the items you will get. **Thank you for dropping in and happy bidding** Be sure to add me to your favorites list! . Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.