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Bound Foot Shoe

Type: Clothing - Footwear
Object Name: Bound Foot Shoe
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
People: Han
Period: Early 20th century
Date: 1900 - 1910
Dimensions: L 11 cm x W 6.5 cm
Materials: Silk; silk floss; rubber
Techniques: Satin; embroidered; plain woven
ID Number: T98.0154a-b
Credit: Gift of Alison Mackay

To wear these tiny shoes, a woman changed the shape of her feet by the process of foot binding, a centuries-old practice among women in China. The desired result of foot binding was “delicate” feet, which connoted beauty, modesty and status, and were referred to as “golden lotus” feet, or jin lian.