Woman's shoes (xie)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
19th century


Object Place: Hong Kong, China

Dimensions

Overall: 6.1 x 24.3cm (2 3/8 x 9 9/16in.)

Accession Number

RES.23.134c

Medium or Technique

Silk plain weave with float patterning (damask), silk satin, discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts, cotton plain weave, running stitch and leather

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Collections

Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Costumes

Manchu woman’s “boat shoe” with red/pink plain weave with float patterning upper with black silk satin wave or cloud-like forms at the heel and toe. At toe there is a blue circular medallion with white rays and a spider-like motif in the center. Black ribbon with silver metallic alternating square and diamond shapes (discontinuous supplementary wefts). White cotton plain weave and brown leather insole. Boat like platform beneath the shoe is painted white with a leather sole that has five rows of running stitches.

Provenance

Anonymous gift to the MFA, 1923

Credit Line

Anonymous gift