Pair of women's shoes (xie)

Han Chinese woman's "lotus foot" slipper

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
1880–90


Object Place: China

Dimensions

7.5 x 4.5 x 11.5 cm (2 15/16 x 1 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

44.538a-b

Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk, cotton plain weave, silk tassel, gilded paper, clear and colored glass beads, metal

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Silk satin indoor shoes with red uppers embroidered with pink, green, yellow, and purple meandering floral vines. Black satin band at the top line and two rows of gilded paper along the outer seams. The front tip of the shoe has a string of clear and green glass beads (attached with metal) with a light blue silk tassel. Heel and sole are white cotton plain weave also embroidered with flowering vines. Red plain weave cotton insole.

Provenance

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

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection