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Shoemakers pot

Bending intently over his task, a shoemaker cuts out a leather sole around the foot of a customer.

Another man looks on, probably the owner of the workshop. All three men are bearded; the customer is not a child but has been represented at a smaller scale to fit the space. Underneath the table is a bowl of water, used to soften the leather before cutting. A shelf above displays the cobbler’s knives. Craftsmen generally had a low status; many were slaves. Scenes of men at work are rare, but give us a captivating glimpse into ancient daily life.

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