In ancient Egypt, the main unit of mass. Often romanized as deben; Akkadian sources indicate it was pronounced “tiban”. The value changed with time:
|Old Kingdom, 2700-2200 BCE.
Weigall refers to it as the “egyptian Gold Standard”; Petrie as a “beqa”.
|Middle Kingdom, 2100-1788 BCE||91 grams|
|New Kingdom, 1580-1090 BCE||91 grams, = 10 qdt|
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