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The Selga was an Egyptian measure of volume in Nubia and corresponded to the amount of black millet ( sorghum ) from the genus grasses with marrow-filled stalks and corn-like leaves that could be heaped on the outstretched palm of an adult man. The size of the traditional dimensions is doubted. The hand size is person-dependent and the occasional dispute between buyer and seller was settled by a third person. Wooden bowls are said to have been used to measure the Moud.


Christian Noback, Friedrich Noback: Complete paperback of the coin, measure and weight ratios, government papers, bills of exchange and banking and the customs of all countries and trading venues. Volume 1, FA Brockhaus, Leipzig 1851, p. 762.