Art/ Collection/ Art Object


6th–7th century
Said to be from Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Leather; incised
9 11/16 in. long (24.6 cm long)
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
Not on view
Many types of footwear existed in the Byzantine world. Boots were worn by soldiers and laborers, slippers by monks and clergy, and sandals by government officials; the poor would have gone barefoot.
The patterns incised on this sumptuously decorated boot indicate that it was made for the elite of Egypt.
Emil Brugsch-Bey, Cairo (until 1890; sold to Baker); George F. Baker, New York (1890; gifted to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Design Motifs in Byzantine Art," August 5, 2013–August 3, 2014.

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