Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of shoes for bound feet
  • China
  • pair of shoes for bound feet, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: China
  • silk, cotton, string, metallic thread, dyeing, embroidering, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 7 x 5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 5 7/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 7 x 5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 2 3/4 x 1 15/16 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Michener
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3453.a,b

The pair of shoes is for bound feet. They are made of red silk with blue edging. There is a floral design embroidered on each side consisting of: pink flowers with yellow and metallic stems and green leaves. There is metallic thread along the blue edging. There are rectangular green flaps (with pink on the reverse) on the back. There is a beaded butterfly near the bottom.

There are strings across the instep of the shoe and striped cotton lining on the inside.