DescriptionOur Roman Sandaled Foot is based on a fragment of a carved ivory statue believed to depict either an Egyptian deity or the emperor Augustus. This reproduction, made by precise three-dimensional scanning, exhibits all of the details of the exquisitely carved original, including the sandal's ornate decoration.
Cast stone. Hand patinated. 5 1/2''W x 2 3/8''D x 2 1/4''H.
- Hand patinated
- 5 1/2''W x 2 3/8''D x 2 1/4''H
- Cast Stone
Art HistoryIn the Museum’s collection is a carved ivory sandaled foot, which would have originally come from a composite statue in which ivory was used to imitate flesh, and another material, perhaps metal or semiprecious stone, was used for the draped figure. The sandal’s tongue is decorated with a personification of the Nile, suggesting that the statue was either an Egyptian deity or the Emperor Augustus (who annexed Egypt after the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium in 31 B.C.). The statue would have been somewhat smaller than life-sized, but to judge from the exquisite carving of the foot, which renders all the details including the neatly manicured toenails and the ornate lacing of the sandal, the work must have been an outstanding and striking piece.