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The measures of King Sebastião
The standards of measures for Dry Products in exhibition
Padrões de volume de sólidos expostos na vitrine
The standards of measures for dry products in exhibition

In this display case we can see 5 volume standards for dry products of King Sebastião, made in bronze.

The biggest standard is an alqueire (bushel), the base unit of the system. We also see a meio alqueire (half bushel), a quarta (fourth), an oitava (octave) and a selamim (or salamim). They all present, on one side, the royal coat of arms and, on the other side, the sovereign’s name: “SEBASTIANVS”.

In the bushel, you can still see, near the edge, the “ship of Lisbon”.

Further information
António Neves: aneves@ipq.pt
Museu de Metrologia: museu.metrologia@ipq.pt