Mounted Opium Weight

c. 1900
$88 USD
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W: 1.5" D: 1.5" H: 4.0"
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Whether used to parcel out opium, gemstones, spices, or other valuable items, this small weight was suspended from its tiny hole as a counterweight for a steelyard balance. Carved from stone in the Qing dynasty, the weight takes the shape of a pumpkin with its globular shape and vertical groove, one of the oldest forms of opium weights used. Displayed on its own metal stand, we’ve elevated this functional object into a small work of sculpture.

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