Documentary and archaeological sources attest to the variety of footwear in Byzantine Egypt. Written evidence suggests that sandals were worn by government officials, slippers by monks and clergy, and boots by soldiers and laborers; the poorest members of society would have gone barefoot.
The gold that creates the lattice pattern was stamped onto the red leather of this sumptuously decorated shoe.
Emil Brugsch-Bey(until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Textiles of Late Antiquity," December 14, 1995–April 7, 1996, no. 36.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," November 1, 2000–December 1, 2001.
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Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 36, pp. 45, 46, ill. p. 45 (b/w).
Date: 660–880 (radiocarbon date, 95% probability)Medium: Plain weave in red wool (dyed with madder); applied borders with pattern weft in blue and red wool and undyed linen
Accession: 90.5.174On view in:Gallery 302