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Sunday, October 11, 2015
News: "Stepping Through Time" Ancient Egypt Footwear Exhibition is Opening Today at Egyptian Museum in Cairo
exhibition displaying the different styles and shapes of footwear in ancient
Egypt is to open under the auspices of the Ministry of Antiquities tomorrow
evening at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir. Written By / Nevine El-Aref.
Stepping Through Time
exhibition on ancient Egyptian footwear is to open Sunday evening at the
Egyptian Museum in Tahrir under the title "Stepping Through Time: Footwear
in Ancient Egypt".Although much is known about ancient Egypt, especially
with regards to royalty, religion and death, details of the daily life of the
Egyptians are less well-known.
was a day in the life of an ancient Egyptian like? What did they eat? Where did
they sleep? What did they wear? The exhibition aims to answer a small but
significant aspect of daily life in ancient Egypt; footwear.
Eldamaty, minister of antiquities, told Ahram Online that the exhibition is the
result of ten years of research led by André J. Veldmeijer, a visiting research
scholar at the American University in Cairo, in conjunction with the curators
of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
exhibition showcases objects that have been recently excavated or are in museum
collections, as well as texts and images. Through 47 objects, Eldamaty
explains, the exhibition presents footwear through the different ages, from
pre-dynastic times (3000 BC) to the Ottoman Empire.
also covers the development of different shoe and sandal types, the raw
materials and technology used to make them, the symbolism associated with them
and the status that each one represented.
sandals on display
exhibition also touches upon the organisation and production of footwear from
all levels of society; from kings to farmers, from soldiers to priests. "Of
course, footwear offered protection for the feet, but its importance extended
beyond it," Veldmeijer said, adding that as in our lives today, status,
style and symbolism played an important role in the choices of which shoes and
sandals were worn and what they looked like.
also pointed out that the study of footwear is interesting not only for what it
reveals about the symbolic, economic and cultural aspects of the ancient
Egyptians, but also about ancient technology and the role of sandal makers and leather
workers in ancient Egyptian society. Furthermore, studying footwear can also
provide an insight into how individuals walked, whether they limped or favoured
a particular leg.
and lavishly illustrated information panels (both in Arabic and English) are
complemented by numerous authentic examples from the marvellous collection of
the Egyptian Museum, including shoes and sandals from the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Additionally, reconstructions have been brought in to illustrate the original
appearance of some shoes and sandals.
Abdel-Razek, director of the temporary exhibition at the museum, told Ahram
Online that among the most important objects on display are the statue of King
Tutankhamun wearing golden sandals and the statue of an Old Kingdom servant
holding his sandals in his hands. The exhibition will last until the end of
December 2015 in Room 44.