Pair of women's shoes (xie)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing Dynasty
late 19th to early 20th century

Object Place: China


12.8 x 7.6 x 20 cm (5 1/16 x 3 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin with silk embroidery, silk and cotton plain weave

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Black silk satin shoes with white, blue, green, yellow and purple floral embroidery. Blue and white cord covers any visible seams on the outside of the shoe. Blue silk tape along the top-line. Gray cotton welt between bottom of the shoe and the sole. White cotton covered wood wedge heels. The sole of the heels are quilted. White cotton insoles and lining. Originally Manchu-woman’s platform shoes. Transformed into wedge shoes by a Westerner.


The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection; Gift from Elizabeth Day McCormick to the MFA, January 1944

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The Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection