Sandals of King Tutankhamun

The ancient Egyptians usually went barefoot, but on some occasions kings wore very elaborately decorated sandals. Some sandals were made of gold. The sandals were tied with two thongs and their tips pointed upward.

This pair of sandals is made of leather and has depictions of enemies on the soles. Four human figures portraying Asiatic and African neighbors, who were the traditional enemies of Egypt, are shown. The men are depicted as prisoners, lying prostrate with their arms bound behind their backs.

Sandals of King Tutankhamun
Sandals of King Tutankhamun

King Tut would symbolically trample on them when he wore his sandals. The sandals are also adorned on the top and bottom by the nine bows, symbols of the traditional enemies of Egypt.

From the Tomb of Tutankhamun (KV62), Valley of the Kings, West Thebes. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 62685

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