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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (made)
    Akhmim (Probably, made)

  • Date:

    ca. AD700-1000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tanned and dyed leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A pair of brown leather shoes, Egyptian, ca. AD700-1000 (possibly). Made with the welted technique. Acquired from D.B. Myers.

Coptic footwear was primarily made with leather, often using the turned technique, to produce a slipper or shoe with a straight sole. Slippers often included a rand at the vamp and a fibre padded sole sewn together with prominent stitching or insole tab. They show variation in the form and height of the instep. Shoes were generally slip-ons and also show variation in the form and height of the instep. Footwear was highly decorated in geometric and floral designs. Often a variety of techniques were used in combination, with the most popular being dyeing, gilding, openwork and appliqué.

Physical description

A pair of flat, brown child’s leather shoes. Egyptian, ca. AD700-1000 (possibly). Semi-pointed toe and round heel. Welted construction. Treadsole: Swayed. Leather stitching round perimeter shows through and around topside perimeter where sole is attached to upper. Midsole 1: full length. Midsole 2: Begins at waist and goes back through seat. Upper: One piece, high throat. Topband (5mm) possibly red leather and sewn with running stitch.

Place of Origin

Egypt (made)
Akhmim (Probably, made)


ca. AD700-1000 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Tanned and dyed leather

Object history note

Acquired from D.B. Myers.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

See R. Smalley, "Dating Coptic Footwear: A Typological and Comparative Approach", Journal of Coptic Studies 14 (2012): 97-135




Tanning; Dyeing


Africa; Archaeology; Death; Footwear


Middle East Section

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