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Leather Shoe with Gilded Decoration

Object Name:
Shoe
Date:
4th–7th century
Geography:
From Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Medium:
Leather; gilded
Dimensions:
9.25 in. long (23.5 cm long)
Classification:
Leather
Credit Line:
Gift of George F. Baker, 1890
Accession Number:
90.5.34a
Not on view
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.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Panopolis and Classical Themes," December 6, 2005–September 24, 2008.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Selections from the George F. Baker Gift, 1890," June 13, 2011–August 5, 2012.

Stauffer, Annmarie. Textiles of Late Antiquity. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995. no. 36, pp. 45, 46, ill. p. 45 (b/w).

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