This wooden case was used to carry the scale for weighing gold that the Nyaheun were required to pay to the Lao at Ban Sok (YB 0066) in Attapu Province according to Nyaheun elders who maintain this was fact and not legend. Each family was required to pay the equivalent size of a grain of rice. Families panned for the gold along the Xekong River, taking months to find just one grain. According to the Nyaheun, the gold was paid to the Lao at Ban Sok but then sent to King Chao Anou who paid it to the Thai king. This is according to what was told to Bill Sage by Nyaheun elders in December 1970.
The Nyaheun lived on the eastern part of the Boloven Plateau, while the Lao village of Ban Sok was at the base of the eastern rim of the Plateau.