Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Pair of sandals

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
Joint reign of Hatshepsut and Thutmose III
Date:
ca. 1479–1458 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, below the Tomb of Senenmut (TT 71), radim near the Burial of Amenhotep, MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Papyrus, palm leaf, halfa grass
Dimensions:
Left : L. 13.5 × W. 6.1 × Th. 0.5 cm (5 5/16 × 2 3/8 × 3/16 in.); Right : L. 12.5 × W. 5.9 × Th. 0.5 cm (4 15/16 × 2 5/16 × 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number:
36.3.234a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 116
These sandals were made for a child. They were found the in stone chip debris on the hillside below the tomb chapel of Senenmut (TT 71). The sandals are similar to others in the collection that are fashioned from papyrus, palm leaf, and halfa grass. The finest of these (10.184.1a, b) were found in the Valley of the Kings tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), the grandparents of Tutankhamun.

A pair of child's sandals made of white leather (36.3.235a, b) were found in the same area. There were several burials found beneath the debris on this hillside, but these two pairs of sandals are not clearly connected with any of the burials found on the hillside of them.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1935–1936. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1936.

Scott, Nora E. 1944. Home Life of the Ancient Egyptians: A Picture Book. New York: Plantin Press, fig. 22.

Posener, Georges 1959. Dictionnaire de la civilisation égyptienne. Paris: F. Hazan, p. 298.

Hayes, William C. 1959. Scepter of Egypt II: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II: The Hyksos Period and the New Kingdom (1675-1080 B.C.). Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 188, fig. 104.

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