is an obsolete unit
of dry measure
(mass) which was used in South Asia. The name may come from the Punjabi
, which was a traditional charge of one quarter of a seer
per every maund
of grain that was weighed, converted into a tax by Sawan Mal
also cites a Sindhi
() meaning a quarter of a seer.
The pao was recorded in the Bengal Presidency
in 1850, but was not considered to be an integral part of the local system of weights. It was equal to four chitaks
, and hence a quarter of a seer: the equivalent Imperial weight
at the time was given as 7 oz.
10 dwt. Troy
). The use of a quarter-seer weight in Ahmedabad
had also been noted in a British East India Company
survey of South Asian metrology carried out in 1821: the name of the unit was not recorded, but it would have been equivalent to 4 oz.
17 gr. avoirdupois
(119.8 grams) based on the measurement of the Ahmedabad seer.
, the pao () was of a dharni
, and equivalent to about 194.4 grams in 1966. In Pakistan
, the pao was slightly heavier, at 233.3 grams.
As to Afghanistan
, it was reported in 1950 that 1 pao ≈... Read More