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Ivory sandaled foot

Period:
Early Imperial, Augustan
Date:
ca. 31 B.C.–A.D. 14
Culture:
Roman
Medium:
Ivory
Dimensions:
Overall: 2 3/8 x 5 5/8in. (6 x 14.3cm)
Classifications:
Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1925
Accession Number:
25.78.43
  • Description

    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.

  • References

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

    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. Karlsruhe: Müller, no. 82, p. 112 .

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

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