Item description for Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empire by Donald Gear & Joan Gear...
Comprised mainly of new and original information, this volume will be of value as a resource for both the specialist and non-specialist -- those who appreciate the region, its peoples, and their history; the artistic beauty and symbolism of its ancient weights; and the metrology and relations of the weights to the various kinds of currency formerly in use. In particular, the book will appeal to the historical metrologist, the oriental numismatist, the art historian, the symbolist, the ethnologist, the antiquarian, the dealer, the collector, the oriental museum curator, the specialist librarian, and the scholar of oriental studies.
Earth to Heaven describes the physical characteristics of the weights and their relationships, their manufacture, standardization and usage as well as the various motifs, their origins and transference to Burma. It also includes a fascinating discussion of the different animal shapes and their symbolic significance.
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Studio: University of Washington Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Publisher University of Washington Press
ISBN 9747551209 ISBN13 9789747551204
Reviews - What do customers think about Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empire?
Necessary book for any collector Jul 5, 2006
So long as you are able to tell the difference between a fake and a real bronze of the period, this book offers the most detailed method to date opium weights. Because of hte number of charts, etc. used, it can be a little confusing at first ... have a pen and paper handy, and do one or one set of weights at a time. Thanks to this book, and general experience with antique bronzes, I have been able to date the few weights I have to within a 20 year period. Its just a shame that all areas don't or cant give such similar detail and guidlines. Also ... the historical, metallurgical, and regional information is not only a wonderful reference for the subject .. opium weights ... but has some general applicability as well. Mr. Gear, if you read these things, thanks.