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tapir skin sandal
  • Ayoreo peoples
  • tapir skin sandal, late 1800s–1976
  • Where object was made: Paraguay
  • tapir skin, plant fiber
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 26 x 11.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5331

The single sandal has tapir skin for the rectangular sole with fur on the footbed. It has a loop of twisted plant fiber cord at the front center. The twisted plant fiber cord is knotted through two holes in the back and is left free to be strung through the loop at the front.