Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of Sandals

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
reign of Amenhotep III
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
Grass, reed, papyrus
Left: L. 30.4 × W. 9 × H. 11 cm (11 15/16 × 3 9/16 × 4 5/16 in.); Right: L. 30.4 × W. 10.5 × H. 8.8 cm (11 15/16 × 4 1/8 × 3 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1910
Accession Number:
10.184.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
In 1905, Theodore M. Davis found a nearly intact tomb (KV 46) in the Valley of the Kings. KV 46 contained the burials of Yuya and Tjuyu, the parents of Queen Tiye, principal wife of Amenhotep III, mother of Akhenaten, and grandmother of Tutankhamun. Davis was allowed to keep a portion of the finds which he later gave to the Museum. These include two sealed jars (11.155.7, .9), this pair of sandals, two shabti boxes and three shabtis (30.8.56–.60), and a group of shabti tools (30.8.61-.64).

These sandals are made of plaited grass and reeds, with the toe and side straps made of split papyrus.
Theodore M. Davis Excavations, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Theodore M. Davis Collection, acquired by the Museum through bequest, 1915.

Related Objects

Pair of sandals

Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C. Medium: Papyrus, palm leaf, halfa grass Accession: 36.3.234a, b On view in:Gallery 116

Pair of Sandals

Date: ca. 1580–1479 B.C. Medium: Papyrus Reed Accession: 22.3.20a, b On view in:Gallery 109


Date: ca. 1479–1425 B.C. Medium: Sheet gold Accession: 26.8.146a, b On view in:Gallery 118

Reconstruction of a Foundation Deposit

Date: ca. 1479–1458 B.C. Medium: Pottery, wood, leather, reed, stone, bronze or copper alloy, food remains Accession: 25.3.39 On view in:Gallery 115

Floral Collar from Tutankhamun's Embalming Cache

Date: ca. 1336–1327 B.C. Medium: Papyrus, olive leaves, persea leaves, cornflowers, blue lotus petals, Picris flowers, nightshade berries, faience, linen Accession: 09.184.214 On view in:Gallery 122