Galerie Michael Herrfurth - Asian Art.
Museums / Asian Art Collections / Universities:
Museo Della Bilancia, Via Garibaldi 34/a, 41011 Campogalliano (Modena) - Italy (www.museodellabilancia.it)
Durham University, Oriental Museum (https://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum)
Northern Illinois University, Collection of the Center for Burma Studies
European Union to Search for, Collect and Preserve Primitive and Curios Money (EUCOPRIMO)
Maß und Gewicht, Verein für Metrologie e.V.
Gewichten en Maten Verzamelaars Vereniging
Publications, sources and further readings:
Leif Bering Mikkelsen: Opium Weights
This book not only deals narrowly with old weights from Southeast Asia. It also describes how trading,
valuation and means of payment in the area have developed and how concepts such as quantity,
weight, currency, value, coins and money were and to some extent still are close interwoven in the
Southeast Asian countries. The book also describes the symbolic radiance of the “Opium weights” as
the weights are called today, and tries to put them into a historical perspective. By setting the weights
into a context, it has also to some extent been possible to date them and to show that the use of these
weights was an integral part of that culture which in former days existed along “the Southwest Silk Road”.
Arts of Asia's latest publication about the "Opium Weights":
Michael Herrfurth and Hartmut Mollat "Beauty and the Beast - Animal-shaped Weights of Burma"
Arts of Asia - Special Burma Issue, May - June 2013 Edition
Hartmut Mollat "A Model Chronology of the Animal Weights of Burma (Myanmar)"
Anthropos 104 / 2009, 533-542, 2009
Free Download (pdf-file 6,5 MB)
Joachim Gabel "LAO WEIGHTS AND THE LUANG SYMBOL"
source: Journal of the Siam Society, Vol. 97, 2009
Download this publication here (623 KB).
Steven Martin "The Art of Opium Antiques"
Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, 2007
Donald and Joan Gear "An Ancient Bird-shaped Weight System from Lan Na and Burma"
Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, 2002
Donald and Joan Gear "EARTH TO HEAVEN, The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empires"
Silkworm Books, Chiang Mai, 1992 / 2000
Hartmut Mollat "Über Fälschungen asiatischer Tiergewichte"
Zeitschrift für Metrologie, Heft Nr. 22 (6/1992 pp. 507-509) and Heft Nr. 24 (8/1992 p. 568)
Hartmut Mollat "Die Standardformen der Tiergewichte Birmas"
Baessler-Archiv, Neue Folge, Band XXXII, 1984
Rolf und Ilse Braun "Opiumgewichte / Opium weights / Poids d'Asie"
Pfälzische Verlagsanstalt, Landau, 1983
Sylvia Fraser-Lu "BURMESE 'OPIUM' WEIGHTS"
Arts of Asia, Vol. 12, Issue 1, 1982
Buy this issue used.
John F. Dean "Conservation and Stabilization of Palm Leaf and Parabaik Manuscripts"
source: Cornell University Library, Ithaca NY 14853 | 607-255-4144
Download this publication here.
Silkwormbooks, Chiang Mai, Thailand (www.silkwormbooks.info)
Asian Arts Forum (www.asianart.com)
Opium Weights Forum (https://www.opiumweights.de)
Asian art magazines:
Arts of Asia - The Asian Arts and Antiques Magazin (www.artsofasianet.com)
Orientation - The magazine for collectors and connoisseurs of Asian art (www.orientation.com.hk)
Dr. Owen Wrighley: "The Politics of Deafness"
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