About this object

A wooden cubit rod, with the divisions of the cubit marked on it. One edge of the measure is bevelled. The unit of length was used to measure objects and short distances, the length was that from the elbow to the fingertips of a tall man. This was then divided into seven 'palms' and twenty eight 'digits'. On this rod the divisions are marked on average 19, 38 and 76 mm. Hieroglyphic text is incised on one side with a prayer to Amun-Ra, Ptah and Thoth for Nakhy, a workman from the village of Deir el Medina.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Measurement
  • Culture
    New Kingdom
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date made
    1336 BC - 1295 BC (later Dynasty 18) about
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Joseph Mayer
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Thebes: Deir el Medina
  • Date collected
    19th Century
  • Measurements
    30 mm x 523 mm x 33 mm
  • Note
    The workman Nakhy and his wife are also known from stela no. 50010 in the Turin Museum and a limestone tomb-relief in the British Museum no. 281 (Bierbrier, M L, Hieroglyphic Texts from Egyptian Stelae etc., Part 10, London, BMP, 1982) and from funerary cones discovered in pit 1138 at Deir el-Medina (B. Bruyere, 'Rapport sur les fouilles de Deir el Médineh; (1928)' (Cairo, 1929), 12-16).
  • Related people
    Joseph Mayer (Associated Person, collector, previous owner); Henry Rev Stobart (Collector, previous owner)

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  • Catalogue of the Mayer Collection Part 1. The Egyptian, Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities. Second and Revised Edition.

    Gatty, Charles

    Author: Gatty, Charles
    Publisher: The Committee of the Liverpool Free Public Library, Museum and Gallery of Art
    Date: 1879
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian and Near Eastern collection that was on display. It also includes a small number of other collections, such as those given by Mr William Crosfield in 1861, some by Mr Charles Stoess in 1869, and others by Mr J. A. Tinne in 1870. Occasionally reference will be made to the provenance of objects, in particular if they are from the Jospeh Sams or Lord Valentia (ex Henry Salt) collections. There are illustrations of some objects, in particular the amulets, by Mr Ll. Jewitt, FSA. Compared to Mayer's 1852 cataloue there are more detailed descriptions for inscribed objects such as stelae, giving names and titles and the character of the text, provided by Samuel Birch of the British Museum who visited the collections in March 1877.

  • Egyptian Antiquities collected on a voyage made in Upper Egypt in the years 1854 & 1855 and published by Revd. H. Stobart, M.A., Queen's College Oxford.

    Stobart, Henry

    Author: Stobart, Henry
    Publisher: Benj. Duprat, and F. Scheider & Co.,
    Date: 1855
    Description: Egyptian Antiquities collected on a voyage made in Upper Egypt in the years 1854 & 1855 and published by Revd. H. Stobart, M.A., Queen's College Oxford. Paris chez Benj. Duprat, Rue du Cloitre-St. Benoit 7. Berlin chez F. Schneider & Co. Unter den Linden 19. 1855. Värsch & Happe, liogr. fac-sim. under the direction of Dr. H. Brugsch, Berlin.

  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)

    Author: Andrea Davies and Dirk van der Plas (ed.)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • Handbook and Guide to the Egyptian Collection on Exhibition in the Public Museums, Liverpool 4th Edition

    Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric

    Author: Newberry, Percy; Peet, Thomas Eric
    Publisher: City of Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1932-03
    Description:

  • Rapport sur les fouilles de Deir el Médineh (1928)

    Bruyère, Bernard

    Author: Bruyère, Bernard
    Publisher: Le Caire, impr. de l'Institut français d'archéologie orientale
    Date: 1929
    Description:

  • 'The Egyptian Collection', in Margaret Gibson and Susan Wright (eds). Joseph Mayer of Liverpool 1803-1886

    Shore, A. F.

    Author: Shore, A. F.
    Publisher: Society of Antiquaries in association with National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
    Date: 1988
    Description: Description of Joseph Mayer's Egyptian collection written by A. F. Shore who was Brunner Professor of Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. Unfortunately there are a few errors in the description of objects.

  • Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Statues, Reliefs and Paintings Volume III Part 2 (complete): Memphis. Saqqâra to Dahshûr

    B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek

    Author: B. Porter and R. L. B. Moss, assisted by E. W. Burney, now edited by J. Malek
    Publisher: Griffith Institute
    Date: 1979
    Description: This is Volume III Part 2 (complete). Memphis. Saqqâra to Dahshûr. Hardback, pp. xxxvi + 622 + 36 pp. of maps and plans. (2nd ed.) 2003, unchanged reprint of the 1981 edition in hard cover and reduced format. ISBN 0 900416 238. More information is available online: http://www.griffith.ox.ac.uk/topbib.html

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1857
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Henry Rev Stobart

    Owned from: 1855
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1857
    Disposal method: Donated
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