WHAT could be Australia’s oldest plugger has taken up residence at the University of New England.
The Egyptian thong is more than 3000 years old, held in the Museum of Antiquities in Armidale.
“The sandal is even more extraordinary because where most of the shoes surviving from ancient Egypt are made of reed-work, this one is made of leather,” museum director Bronwyn Hopwood said.
“While the basic design appears the same as Australia’s most iconic footwear it also demonstrates how the art of individually crafted footwear has changed drastically over the centuries – to the mass produced shoes we all wear today.”
The thong is made of gazelle leather and likely belonged to a very wealthy Egyptian, a stark contrast to the bogan connotations of the iconic Australian shoe today.
The sandal originates from Ancient Egypt, circa 1550-1069BC and used to be held in the private collection of Kurt Kramer in Germany.