Wood, mother–of–pearl, metallic thread, metal; L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Gift of Mrs. J. Wright Rumbough, 1972 (1972.248.5a,b)
Although bathers are generally nude in most parts of the hammam, clothing was necessary in common resting areas outside the wet rooms. Platform shoes count among the most interesting pieces of apparel associated with the bath. These Ottoman wooden shoes feature distinctive mother-of-pearl inlay. Such intricate shoes relayed the social status of the wearer.