Royal cubit rod of Amenemope

This ruler corresponds to the main Egyptian linear unit of measure, the “royal cubit” (ca. 52.5 cm), and its subdivisions are marked on it. It bears two inscriptions. One is a eulogy of king Horemheb, the other an offering formula for the owner Amenemope who was Overseer of the Two Granaries. Some inaccuracies in the measurements and their subdivisions suggest that this was exclusively a prestige object, not meant for actual use, but rather to celebrate the connection between the king and this powerful official, in charge of the grain supply of the State.

Royal cubit rod of Amenemope
Royal cubit rod of Amenemope

New Kingdom, late 18th Dynasty, reign of Horemheb, ca. 1319-1292 BC. From Saqqara. Now in the Egyptian Museum of Turin. Cat. 6347

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