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Leather Shoe with Gilded Medallions

Object Name:
2nd–9th century
From Egypt, Akhmim (former Panopolis)
Leather; gilded
9 3/4 in. long (24.7 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.
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. "Clothing in Byzantine Egypt: Textiles from Egypt 200–900 CE," November 9, 2009–June 12, 2011.

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