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Model of a cubit


Model of a cubit, late Eighteenth Dynasty
Florence, Museo Egizio, inv. 3078

A unit of measurement used by the Egyptians for numerous purposes including astronomical calculations. One face and one side bear three vertical hieroglyphic inscriptions with funerary formulę, while the opposite side shows subdivisions of the royal cubit (52.3-5 cm) right down to the digit (approx. 1.88 cm).