Pair of woman's shoes (gi xie)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
late 19th century


Object Place: China

Dimensions

Overall: 10.9 x 9.3 x 21.8cm (4 5/16 x 3 11/16 x 8 9/16in.)

Accession Number

44.540a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk, discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, cotton plain weave

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Manchu woman’s shoe black silk satin shoe with concave platform heals. Uppers are embroidered with pink, orange and green flowers in either purple, pink and yellow baskets with orange tassels or yellow and orange urns with yellow tassels. At the front of the toe, is a single yellow and orange bat. Blue ribbon at top-line and black ribbon with green, blue, white and purple geometric forms (discontinuous supplementary wefts) covering the exterior seams. Heals, soles and insoles are white cotton plain weave.

Provenance

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; gift to the MFA in January, 1944

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection