Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of getas (sandals)
  • Japan
  • pair of getas (sandals), 1942
  • Where object was made: Japan?
  • wood, twine, cloth, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 4.5 x 7 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mrs. Claud Baker, Jr.
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0155.a,b
Description

A pair of small sandals, identified as getas, that have wooden soles with two raised bars, and stuffed cloth bands that would go across the top of the wearer's foot. The soles are painted reddish brown and the footbeds have black fields, with two sets of reddish brown mountains, and tan and blue floral elements. There are blue designs of five lines where the big toes rest. The straps consist of two pieces of cloth sewn together and stuffed. The undersides are an unbleached color and the top surfaces have large stretches of faded red, and faded floral decorations on white fields. The straps are threaded though the bases and are held in place with jute-like twine.