Pair of Sandals, Palm leaf with the inner sole made of strips, the lower sole in basket weave, and the straps plaited, Coptic

Pair of Sandals

Date:
4th–7th century
Geography:
Made in Kharga Oasis, Byzantine Egypt
Culture:
Coptic
Medium:
Palm leaf with the inner sole made of strips, the lower sole in basket weave, and the straps plaited
Dimensions:
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)
Classification:
Miscellaneous
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.