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Pair of Sandals from the Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Amenhotep III
Date:
ca. 1390–1352 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Valley of the Kings, Tomb of Yuya and Tjuyu (KV 46), Davis/Quibell & Weigall excavations, 1905
Medium:
Grass, reed, papyrus
Dimensions:
Left: L. 30.4 × W. 9 × H. 11 cm (11 15/16 × 3 9/16 × 4 5/16 in.); Right: L. 30.4 × W. 10.5 × H. 8.8 cm (11 15/16 × 4 1/8 × 3 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1910
Accession Number:
10.184.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 122
In 1905, Theodore M. Davis found a nearly intact tomb (KV 46) in the Valley of the Kings. KV 46 contained the burials of Yuya and Tjuyu, the parents of Queen Tiye, principal wife of Amenhotep III, mother of Akhenaten, and grandmother of Tutankhamun. Davis was allowed to keep a portion of the finds which he later gave to the Museum. These include two sealed jars (11.155.7, .9), this pair of sandals, two shabti boxes and three shabtis (30.8.56–.60), and a group of shabti tools (30.8.61-.64).

These sandals are made of plaited grass and reeds, with the toe and side straps made of split papyrus.
Theodore M. Davis Excavations, 1905. Acquired by Davis in the division of finds. Theodore M. Davis Collection, acquired by the Museum through bequest, 1915.

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