Woman's shoes (xie)

Chinese (Manchu)
Qing dynasty
19th century

Object Place: Hong Kong, China


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

Accession Number


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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Asia, Textiles and Fashion Arts



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.


Anonymous gift to the MFA, 1923

Credit Line

Anonymous gift