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pair of royal attire sandals
  • unknown Hausa-Fulani maker
  • pair of royal attire sandals, 1980
  • Where object was made: Kano, Nigeria
  • leather, rawhide, embroidering, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: each 32 x 15.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: each 12 5/8 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift of Professor Beverly Mack
  • Not on display
  • 2011.0225.a,b

The sole is light brown rawhide. On top of this is a layer of black leather with a red design that is shaped somewhat like a fish (rounded end near the toes, elongated diamond end near the heel) Embroidery attaches this layer to the sole and decorates most of its surface in curved lines and circles. The leather used to embroider has been dyed medium brown and pale green, as well as being left its natural light brown. The thong straps are thick red leather and have a decorative tab made of medium brown and pale green leather on top.