Dates:late 19th century
Dimensions: A: 4 × 3 1/2 × 9 11/16 in. (10.2 × 8.9 × 24.6 cm) B: 3 3/4 × 3 1/2 × 9 11/16 in. (9.5 × 8.9 × 24.6 cm)
Accession Number: X1054a-b
Image: X1054a-b_SL3.jpg,NP recommended; casted transparency
Catalogue Description: Pair of sandals carved of tan/brown color wood block, with a lath spindle-like toe grip (knob) of a darker chocolate brown wood that is pegged into the front section of the sandal block. A slim wedge has been driven into the peg which can be seen from the underside. Condition: both sandals are in fair and stable condition. There are several small chip losses at the edges of the sandal blocks and at several of the ridges of the spindle spool. Cracks along the woodgrain are decernible on the undersides of both sandals. Accumulations of dust in the recesses of the carved design areas. On the underside of the left sandal, in black ink: "Sandals formerly the property of FUM OMARI the rebel Christ of WITU". A small octagonal paper label is adhered to the heel block with the words "African" written in pencil and "Swahili" written in blue ink.