An Egyptian Diorite Weight, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
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Ancient Egyptian weights were traditionally made in units known as debens, a standard weight of 93.3 grams, though some weights from the Old and Middle Kingdom appear to have been in units of around 12 to 14 grams and sometimes 27 grams. Prior to the New Kingdom, there appears to have been less standardization than afterward. After the 12th Dynasty, a smaller unit known as a kite (qedet/qdt) with a weight of 9.1 grams was used and the deben itself was increased to ten kite.
This example in speckled diorite is of unusual form; a flat top and sides, instead of the more usual domed top and inwardly slanted sides. Weighing 4.7 grams, it is approximately a 1/2 qedet.
Dimensions: Diameter: 9/16 inch (1.5 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition.
Provenance: Foxwell private collection (U.K), acquired between 1930 and 1950.