Woman's shoe (gong xie)

Han Chinese woman's "lotus foot" slipper

Chinese (Han)
Qing dynasty
19th century

Object Place: China


Overall: 10.2 x 7.6 cm (4 x 3 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic threads, cotton plain weave, leather

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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Red silk satin upper with gold geometric motifs along the top-line, green and purple embroidered flowers and gold vines. The back of the shoe is blue silk with a band of white cotton plain weave at the top and two cotton plain weave straps. Heel is blue silk satin with purple and pink embroidered flowers and greenery. Purple ribbon trims the bottom of the heel. The sole is blue and pink cotton plain weave with green ribbon trimming the edge of the sole and a leather piece at the heel. Insole is white cotton plain weave.


Gift from Mrs. George O. Rogers to the MFA, 1900

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. George O. Rogers