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Pair of Sandals

Date:
4th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Palm leaf with the inner sole made of strips, the lower sole in basket weave, and the straps plaited
Dimensions:
Overall: 1 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 5 3/8in. (4.2 x 5.3 x 13.6cm) a: 1 5/8 x 2 1/16 x 5 3/8in. (4.2 x 5.3 x 13.6cm) b: 1 9/16 x 2 1/16 x 5 3/16in. (4 x 5.3 x 13.2cm)
Classification:
Miscellaneous
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.8.28a, b
  • Description

    This well-made pair of palm-leaf sandals for an infant is similar in style (with a thong emerging between the big and second toes and an ankle strap) to forty-one single sandals and two pairs found at Kellis (modern Ismant al-Kharab) in Dakhla Oasis, though the Museum’s pair has pointed rather than square toes. Palm footwear was traditional in Egypt, and palm-leaf soles, such as those seen here, are frequently seen on children’s and smaller-sized adult sandals.

  • Provenance

    Tomb XI, al-Bagawat, Kharga Oasis

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