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Pair 19th Century Chinese Bound-feet Silk Shoes
REF: SH 2548 / LA360993
A pair of 19th Century handmade Chinese silk bound-feet shoes - known as lotus shoes. Red is a symbol of good luck and virtue and therefore these shoes would have been worn on special occasions - possibly a wedding. At the time, marriage was related to status and smaller feet were believed to attract a husband. Women wanted their feet to look like small lotus buds and so, during the 19th Century, nearly all women bound their feet or risked ridicule by others. The ideal foot size to aim for was just 3 inches! The heel needed to be big and round and the big toe to come to a point. These shoes are generally in good condition for age but have clearly been worn - minor fraying can be seen. The soles are handstitched and the top is decorated with crab and dragon motifs. Size: length 15 cm
PercivalHunt has clarified that the Pair 19th Century Chinese Bound-feet Silk Shoes (LA360993) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 19th century
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This Pair 19th Century Chinese Bound-feet Silk Shoes is located in Benover, Nr Yalding, United Kingdom