Earth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-Shaped Weights of the Burmese Empiresby Donald and Joan Gear
Donald and Joan Gear
Comprised mainly of new and original information, this volume will be of permanent 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.
Almost half of the work describes the physical characteristics of the weights and their relationships, their manufacture, standardisation and usage. About a third is concerned with the various motifs, their origins and transference to Burma. The remainder deals with the symbolism and its origins.