Ancient Japanese footwear at the Tokyo National Museum

Gilt Bronze pair of Shoes, probably from Daishojin Tumulus, Yukuhashi-shi, Fukuoka. Kofun period, 6th century.

Slippers, gilt bronze. From Eta Funayama Tumulus, Nagomi-machi, Kumamoto. Kofun period, 5th-6th century.

Originally from the Korean peninsula, this type of slipper was for burials. In the 6th century in Japan, the slippers grew in size. The hexagons of dots and carving marks were made by chisel. The soles have spikes, and ornaments decorated the sides. In King Muryeong’s tomb in Korea, a platform and foot rests were excavated, indicating that this type of slipper adorned the raised feet of the deceased. (-Tokyo National Museum)

Courtesy & currently located at the Tokyo National Museum, Japan. Photos taken by B.Kelly.

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