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Slippers

Date:
ca. 1900
Culture:
Chinese minority (Manchu)
Medium:
silk, metal thread, cotton
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. A. R. Von Hemert, 1947
Accession Number:
C.I.47.42.2a, b
Not on view
For all their embrace of important Chinese institutions and cultural forms, the Manchu never subscribed to certain fashions. Most notable was their almost universal rejection of the practice of foot-binding. But Manchu footwear had its own peculiarities. The foot itself was not reshaped, but the soles were platforms raised from two to four inches high. Men's shoes had a black sateen slipper-shaped upper, with a painted white platform angled inward at the front. Women's shoes were more elaborate, with exquisitely embroidered motifs on colored silk uppers
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