Brick of Tea, Siberia, 18th-19th century


Feathers, bones, seashells, cloth, and important commodities, such as this brick of tea, are just some of the variety of objects that have been used to represent value and to make general or ceremonial payments.

Date Made: 18th - 19th century

Place Made: Russia: Siberia

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Exhibition: The Value of Money

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Feingold, Ellen R.. Value of Money, The

Credit Line: Benjamin Stack, Harvey G. Stack, and Norman Stack

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: NU.77.38.105Accession Number: 1977.1211Catalog Number: 77.38.105

Object Name: tea brick moneyalternative currencyOther Terms: Tea Brick Money; Asia; Siberia

Physical Description: leaf, tea (overall material)sawdust (overall material)brown (overall color)compressed (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 4.7 cm x 4.5 cm x 1.9 cm; 1 27/32 in x 1 25/32 in x 3/4 in


Record Id: nmah_1068795

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