Sandals

Description
These are a large pair of men’s sandals made of leather soles and straps. The underside of the sole has iron studs and iron heels. There is also a name ‘Blakey’ imprinted on the leather. On the upper side of each sandal is an imprint of an elephant. The donor is R. Waterfield, and a provenance already on the database documents an origin of Bassein (Puthein), and the Irrawaddy Division. A suggested date of late 19th - early 20th century would be appropriate.

Footwear was more common amongst the higher Burmese classes than the tribal communities. However, the shoes/sandals worn by the Burmese would have been of a different type. The size of these sandals, the connection with the Irrawaddy Division and the association with the name ‘Blakey’ suggests that the sandals would have been made for a westerner living or serving out in Burma, possibly made for Waterfield himself.
Accession Loan No.
9/1945/20/2
Collection Class
Clothing and accessories
Common Name
sandals
Simple Name
sandals
Full Name
sandals
Dimensions
whole length 241 mm; whole W 90 mm
Production Town
Bassein (Puthein)
Production County
Irrawaddy Division
Production Country
Myanmar
Production Area Region
SE
Production Continent
Asia
Family Group

Material
leather; leather; iron; iron
Function Name
footwear
Collection Area Region
SE
Collection Continent
Asia
Inscription / Transcription
BLAKEY

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