metecallo [Italian]

In the Levant, 15th century, a unit of mass for precious metals and gems. A type of mitkal.

A questo pexo de metecali se compra a Damascho e in Alepo muschio e ambracan e perle menute....e nota che metecalli diti 5 e mezo fano in Venesia a pexo de specie onze una. In Roma metecalli 6 karati 9 e mezo fano onze 1. In Pixa metecalli 6 karati 21 fano onze 1. In Zenoa metecalli 5 karati 21 fano onze 1.

and in Aleppo musk and amber?ambergris? and small pearls ... and note that 5½ metecalli make in Venice a 1-oncia weight of spices. In Rome 6 metecalli, 9½ karati make 1 oncia. In Pisa 6 metecalli, 21 karati make 1 oncia. In Genoa 5 metecalli, 21 karati make 1 oncia.

Bartolommeo di Pasi.
Tariffa de' pesi e mesure con gratia et privilegio.
Venice, 1503.
As quoted in Edler, page 181.

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