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 piece 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 figure was either an Egyptian divinity or the emperor, triumphant over Egypt.