Sandal-shaped palette

Predynastic (?) or modern


Overall: 20 x 11.5 x 0.9 cm (7 7/8 x 4 1/2 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Cosmetic and medical

Shaped like a model sandal; wide at one end (toes), narrower at other (heel); 3 holes drilled in spots where thong would be attached. Surfaces scratched, and narrow (heel) end chipped. One side has traces of a carved, raised lip (about .8 cm thick) around the perimeter of the object, like the sole of a shoe. The other side is slightly more convex. Could be a fake; no other sandal shapes appear in published references.


Said to be from Naqada. 1903: purchased for the MFA from Mohamed Mohassib, Luxor, Egypt by Albert M. Lythgoe as part of a group (03.1474-03.1490) for £4. Acquired with funds from the Emily Esther Sears Fund. (Accession Date: January 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Emily Esther Sears Fund