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Earth to heaven : the royal animal-shaped weights of the Burmese Empires

Author: Donald Gear; Joan Gear
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : University of Washington Press ; Chesham : Combined Academic, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donald Gear; Joan Gear
ISBN: 9747551209 9789747551204
OCLC Number: 51526761
Notes: Originally published: Kenton, England: Twinstar, 1992.
Description: 318 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: List of MapsList of TablesList of PlatesForewordWriting conventionsIntroduction1. Mass Units and Standardisation2. Mass scales3. Mass Frequencies, Goods and Masses Weighed, Weighing Procedures4. Weight Materials and Manufacture5. Dimensions, Shapes and Decoration6. Signs and Style Systems7. Animal Representations in Asia8. The Weight Bird: Identity and Origin9. The Weight Beast: Identity and Origin10. The Symbolism of the Animal Weights11. The Symbolism of the Bird Weights12. The Symbolism of the Beast Weights13. The Symbolism of Anserine-Feline Combination14. The Sign and Style System Symbolism15. The Chronological Sequence of the Weights16. The Transference of the Anserine-Feline Motifs to Burma17. Summary and ConclusionsAppendicesBibliographyIndex
Responsibility: Donald Gear and Joan Gear.

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