Mummy trappings: sandal
Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
Width x length: 7.7 x 23.9 cm (3 1/16 x 9 7/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Gilded and painted cartonnage
Not On View
This item is part of a set of mummy trappings, all made of cartonnage (plaster-soaked linen), consisting of a long, rectangular apron, a pectoral (collar), and two sandal soles. All pieces are intricately detailed, with much of the paint and gilding preserved. This sole of a cartonnage sandal painted black with yellow and greenish-blue stripes. As opposed to other items in this mummy assemblage, the sandal soles would likely have been bandaged directly to the mummy’s feet, rather than appended as exterior additions to the shroud.
This manner of mummy trappings came into style particularly as of the early Ptolemaic Dynasty.
For other elements of this set see also: 59.1071.1, 59.1071.2, 59.1071.3
By 1958: Horace L. Mayer collection; March 7, 1958: lent to the MFA by Horace L. Meyer; December 21, 1959: given to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 21, 1959)
Gift of Horace L. Mayer