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

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

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Description
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.
Object Name
tea brick money
alternative currency
Other Terms
Tea Brick Money; Asia; Siberia
date made
18th - 19th century
place made
Russia: 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
ID Number
NU.77.38.105
accession number
1977.1211
catalog number
77.38.105
Credit Line
The Stack Family
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Exhibition
The Value of Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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