Mummy trappings: sandal

Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic Dynasty)
305–30 B.C.


Width x length: 7.7 x 23.9 cm (3 1/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded and painted cartonnage

Not On View


The Ancient World


Mummy trappings

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 is painted black with yellow and greenish-blue stripes. As opposed to other items in this mummy assemlage, 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 trapping came into style particularly as of the early Ptolemaic Dynasty.

For other elements of this set see also: 59.1071.1, 59.1071.2, 59.1071.4


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)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace L. Mayer