Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of bark string sandals
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • pair of bark string sandals, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: SOUTH-CENTRAL Australia, Australia
  • plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width: 25 x 9 cm measured while tied together
    Object Length/Width: 9 13/16 x 3 1/2 in measured while tied together
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3938.a,b

The pair of sandals is made from bark string. The soles are coils of strips of bark. The upper of the sandals appear to be strips of bark, but the arrangement of straps is not discerned. The sandals are currently tied together, soles flat against each other.