Egyptian Cubit

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 07 September 2019

This is a limestone fragment of an ancient Egyptian cubit in the shape a five-edged ruler. It is unlikely that it was intended to be used in everyday work. The precise owner is unidentified. However, the fine workmanship and the exceptionally good material indicate that it was probably a royal gift or award to a worker, builder, or an architect. From Egypt, precise provenance is unknown. New Kingdom, 1550-1070 BCE. (The Neues Museum, Berlin, Germany).

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About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2019, September 07). Egyptian Cubit. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Amin, Osama Shukir Muhammed. "Egyptian Cubit." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 07 Sep 2019. Web. 23 Mar 2023.