The batman is a very old Arabian unit of mass, originally equal to one-ninth of the weight of an artaba of water. İnacik believes the ancient Persian patimāna may have come from the late Assyrian word for “mana of the king”.
In Turkey, after 1931, 1 batman = 10 okes = 10 kilograms. In the previous system, adopted in 1881, 1 batman = 6 okes = 7.698 kilograms (16.97 pounds).
In the Ottoman Empire, 15th – 16th centuries, = 72 lidre = 7200 dirhem, about 23.090 kilograms.
Il peso d'Altoluogo si chiama battimano, al quale peso si vende in Altolugo tutte mercatantie. ... Battimano 1 d'Altolugo di cosa che non manchi torna in Genova libbre 32.
The unit of weight of Ayasolug (Ephesus) is called “batman”, and by this weight all manner of goods are sold in Ephesus. One batman of Ephesus is equivalent to 32 libbre of Genoa.
In Persia and later Iran , at least as early as the 14th century – 20th century¹, a unit of mass, approximately 2.969 kilograms (approximately 6.546 pounds avoirdupois).
1. United Nations, 1966.
Among the Uygur, it was also a seed measure of land.
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