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slipper

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1914,0902.3

  • Description

    Leather slipper with a straight sole. The two layers of the sole have a reinforcement patch of three layers at the heel. The insole consists of two halves sewned lengthwise down the centre. The outer edges are included in the sole/upper construction (tunnel stitching). The upper consists of one layer and starts at the back of the heel. It has a red edge binding, which forms a decorative protruding element at the instep.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • (late)3rdC-10thC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 260 millimetres (sole)
    • Width: 78.9 millimetres (sole heel)
    • Width: 46.2 millimetres (sole waist)
    • Width: 93.6 millimetres (sole front (at widest part))
    • Length: 125 millimetres (upper front part)
    • Length: 122 millimetres (heel patch)
    • Width: 3.4 millimetres (heel patch (from front to back))
    • Width: 24.7 millimetres (heel patch (from front to back))
    • Width: 70.6 millimetres (heel patch (from front to back))
  • Curator's comments

    On Roman footware in general, see Goldman 1994 and Croom 2000, 58-63.


    Goldman, N. 1994. Roman footware. In The world of Roman costume, J. Sebesta and L. Bonfante (eds), 101-32. Madison, WI.

    Croom, A. 2000. Roman fashion and clothing. Stroud: Tempus.

  • Bibliography

    • O'Connell et al 2014 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G70/29

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1914

  • Acquisition notes

    John de Monins Johnson excavated the site on behalf of the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1913/1914.

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1914,0902.3

Black leather shoe, with purple edging.

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Black leather shoe, with purple edging.

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