Egyptian sandal made of leather
New Kingdom, 18th-20th Dynasty, c.1550-1069 BC
Acquired from Charles Ede by a major Australian museum in 2007.
The majority of sandals from ancient Egypt are made of reed-work; examples in leather would have only been worn by the very wealthy and are therefore comparatively rare.
The elaborate decoration in darker leather forms a chequerboard pattern round the outer edge, and a thinner band towards the centre and round the heel.
The exposed underside reveals the stitching technique.