MYANMAR, flower money, 16-17th c.


MYANMAR, flower money, 16-17th c., Obverse: crystal patterns, Reverse: orange lacquer, silver, 52x25mm, 42.6g, MN2810, a cut half of an ingot, VF

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Myanmar is pronounced “Burma.” It is a large country in the shadow of giant neighbors. It is filled with people of various ethnicities who have never gotten along. The currently ascendant Burmese conquered the inhabitants several centuries ago. Some noteworthy acts of mass violence have occurred. My favorite is when a certain king had 9000 of his subjects (no citizens, just subjects) murdered so their hearts could be burned to make a magic potion to bring him luck.