Terracotta models of sandaled feet: Votives from the sanctuary of demeter and kore on acrocorinth

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This article presents four previously unpublished terracotta models of sandaled feet from the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on Acrocorinth. Dated to the late 6th or early 5th century b.c., they are attributed to a local Corinthian workshop, most probably the Potters' Quarter, where three other similar models were produced. Evidence deriving from the sanctuary's other offerings, and from study of footwear in ancient texts and art, suggests that their main association is with female journeys connected to nuptial symbolism. This interpretation also allows me to propose that the models are a type of bridal sandal (nymphides), the first attested in Corinth and the first associated with an Archaic sanctuary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-449
Number of pages21
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018

Bibliographical note

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1. This article developed from my study of the small finds from the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on Acrocorinth. Research on this material was carried out in the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) during several stays from 2006 to 2016. I would like to express my gratitude to Ronald S. Stroud, Nancy Bookidis, and the late Gloria S. Merker for permission to study and publish this material and for discussing with me aspects of the site and the material that bear on this study. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers for Hesperia for their detailed and helpful comments. In the course of my research I have also profited from discussions with Anne Blair Brownlee, Susan Langdon, Ian McPhee, Elizabeth G. Pemberton, Victoria Sabetai, and Charles K. Williams II. I also thank Guy D. R. Sanders, former Director of the Corinth Excavations, for his support; Ioulia Tzonou-Herbst, Associate Director, and Katie Petrole, Museum Fellow, for facilitating my work in the museum and storerooms at Corinth and for their assistance with the images; Nicol Anastassatou for cleaning those pieces that required it; James A. Herbst for the plan of the site; the late Ino Ioannidou and Lenio Bartzioti, and Petros Dellatolas, for photographs of the Corinth material; and Maurizio Sannibale, Rosanna Di Pinto, and Antonio Paolucci (Vatican Museums), Susanne Ebbinghaus (Harvard Art Museums), and Alexandra Villing (British Museum) for kindly furnishing pictures of Figs. 4, 6, and 10, respectively. My research in Greece would not have been possible without the administrative support of the University of Haifa, the ASCSA, and the generous financial assistance I received from the 1984 Foundation. Others will be acknowledged in their proper place. 2. Corinth XVIII.1–XVIII.7.

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© American School of Classical Studies at Athens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Classics
  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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