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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Egypt (Made)
    Akhmim ((Probably), Made)

  • Date:

    ca. AD300-700 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tanned leather, dyed and embroidered.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

A pair of embroidered, dark leather shoes, Egyptian, ca. AD300-700 (probably). Made with the turned technique. Acquire 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 flat, dark leather shoe. Egyptian, ca. AD300-700 (probably). Semi-pointed toe, round heel. Turned technique. Sole: Straight. Fibre attaching sole to upper (running stitch) remains and is slightly red. Scoring pattern around perimeter. Seat appears slightly moulded – higher and rounds up. Upper: Topband (2mm wide) remains round most main edge, sewn with whip stitch. Instep (med. throat) ends with an oval knop. Heel has thin strip of leather at backseam and ends in a fishtail tab. Vamp decoration is embroidery (with silk?) of eight star surrounding a central star. Each alternate star is joined by a curved line so creating two diamonds overlapping each other (with the one star at the centre). Inside there is a second layer of leather around the quarters and the vamp sides. The area of embroidery is without a second layer.

Place of Origin

Egypt (Made)
Akhmim ((Probably), Made)


ca. AD300-700 (Made)



Materials and Techniques

Tanned leather, dyed and embroidered.

Object history note

Acquired from D.B.Myers Esq.

Descriptive line

A pair of embroidered, dark leather shoes, Egyptian, ca. AD300-700 (probably).


Leather; Silk


Tanning; Embroidery; Dyeing


Africa; Archaeology; Death; Footwear


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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