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A section of a Roman sandalled left foot, of colossal size with the remains of a strap between the first and second toes. There are beginnings of drapery in two folded edges across the top, just behind the toes. The thick double-soles of the sandals are cut to follow the contour of the toes.

Greek island marble

Height: 11cm
Height (base section including sandal only): 5cm
Width: 18.5cm
Length: 15cm

Museum number: M935

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 401help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

The shape of this detached sandal is similar to a well known example in the Museo Capitolino1 and a "Piede Sinistro di un Acrolito" in the Vatican Magazine2. In other respects the foot is best compared with another one in the Capitolino3. These are likewise shod with thick-soled sandals, following the outline of the toes. The suggestion that the semi-smoothed back surface with dowel hole was made for fitting to a colossal draped statue would appear to apply likewise to this piece, although there is little trace here of the dowel hole remaining. For a statue demonstrating the method of attachment and the type of draped, female sculpture in which a part of a foot was joined separately, either as a labour-saving technical process or to vary the marble, compare Jones4.

1 Jones, Cap., no. 34, pl. 43.
2 Kaschnitz-Weinberg, VMC, p. 162, no. 348.
3 Jones, Cap., no. 60A, pl. 23.
4 Jones, Cap., p. 82, no. 1, pl. 17, Draped Female Figure with Modern Head of Faustina.

Provenance help-art-provenance

From the Collection of John Flaxman


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