Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pair of Sandals

4th–7th century
Made in Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
Palm leaf with the inner sole made of strips, the lower sole in basket weave, and the straps plaited
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)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1931
Accession Number:
31.8.28a, b
Not on view
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.
Tomb XI, al-Bagawat, Kharga Oasis
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Objects from the Kharga Oasis," August 6, 2012–August 4, 2013.

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