Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Ivory sandaled foot

Early Imperial, Augustan
ca. 31 B.C.–A.D. 14
Overall: 2 3/8 x 5 5/8in. (6 x 14.3cm)
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
The foot comes from a small statue with flesh parts of ivory and with drapery in another material, perhaps metal or semiprecious stone. The tongue of the sandal is decorated with a personification of the Nile, suggesting that the statue depicted was either an Egyptian deity or the Emperor Augustus, who annexed Egypt after the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.
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Richter, Gisela M. A. 1938. "The Exhibition of Augustan Art." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 33(12): p. 275.

Richter, Gisela M. A. and Christine Alexander. 1939. Augustan Art: An Exhibition Commemorating the Bimillennium of the Birth of Augustus. p. 26, fig. 62, New York: Marchbanks Press.

Thimme, Jürgen. 1976. Kunst und Kultur der Kykladeninseln im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr.: Ausstellung unter d. Patronat des International Council of Museums ICOM im Karlsruher Schloss vom 25. Juni-10. Oktober 1976. no. 82, p. 112 , Karlsruhe: Müller.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. 1987. Greece and Rome. no. 82, p. 112, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sebesta, Judith Lynn and Larissa Bonfante. 2001. The World of Roman Costume pp. 102, 114-5, figs. 6.1.r, 6.18, Madison, Wis.: The University of Wisconsin Press.

Lapatin, Kenneth. 2001. Chryselephantine Statuary in the Ancient Mediterranean World. pp. 130ff., New York: Oxford University Press.

Picón, Carlos A. 2007. Art of the Classical World in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Greece, Cyprus, Etruria, Rome no. 420, pp. 362, 487, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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