A Fine Indian Mughal Ell Rule carved from ebony and ivory
A Fine Indian Mughal Ell Rule carved from ebony and ivory

A Fine Indian Mughal Ell Rule carved from ebony and ivory

1700 to 1900 India

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A Fine Indian Mughal Ell Rule carved from ebony and ivory
18th – Early 19th Century

Size : 74 cm long – 29 ins long
Cubits, ells, palms and digits were all early anatomical units of measurement. In 1101 in an effort at the standardization of average measures Henry I decreed that the length of his arm should define the yard; hence the nautical term ‘yard arm’.
Until the 19th Century the ell was a popular measure, particularly for cloth both abroad and in Britain. However, they varied considerably in length in different countries. In England an ell was officially a yard and a quarter ( 45 inches ), in Scotland 37 inches, whilst the Flemish ell measured 26 inches to 27½ !
This superb and rare Indian example is particularly finely made and was most probably used for measuring lengths of silk, perhaps by mughal princes for their turbans.

Dimensions
Height 74.00 cm (29.13 inches)
Medium
ebony and ivory
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