Ivory sandaled foot

Period: Early Imperial, Augustan

Date: ca. 31 B.C.–A.D. 14

Culture: Roman

Medium: Ivory

Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/8 x 5 5/8in. (6 x 14.3cm)

Classifications: Miscellaneous-Bone, Ivory

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1925

Accession Number: 25.78.43


The foot comes from a small statue with flesh parts of ivory and with drapery in another material, perhaps metal or semiprecious stone. The tongue of the sandal is decorated with a personification of the Nile, suggesting that the statue depicted was either an Egyptian deity or the Emperor Augustus, who annexed Egypt after the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.