Sandal for right foot - ROM2017_15946_11


Sandal for right foot

Medium:Papyrus reed and grass, woven and plaited
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 1550-1069 BC
Period: 18th-20th Dynasty, New Kingdom
23.4 x 8.6 cm
Object number: 927.77.4
On view
Gallery Location:Galleries of Africa: Egypt
DescriptionOrdinary Egyptians probably went barefoot most of the time, but the elite members of Egyptian society certainly wore sandals from an early period.  In the Pyramid Texts the king boasts that the gods removed their sandals in his presence, indicating that removing one's sandals is a sign of respect. On the Narmer Palette from the beginning of Egyptian history a sandal-bearer is depicted behind the king. From the Ramesside Period, quarrymen were paid in kind with sandals as well as food, clothing and oil. This basketry sandal is made of plaited reeds and grass for a right foot. The sole is made of papyrus strips woven on a diagonal; four longitudinal stitches of a narrow piece of reed cord stabilize the sole. The edge of the sole is lined with a thin mesh of grass wrapped with reeds to form a border or piping. A strap which runs between the first and second toe is connected to a y-shaped harness passing over the instep. The straps are made of coils of grass mesh wrapped in reed strips. The toe strap is broken at the juncture with the heel strap.
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