The Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). A Qing Dynasty pair of Manchu 'horse-hoof' shoes.
During the Qing Dynasty in China the Manchu women were forbidden from binding their feet. The 'horse-hoof' shoe was not only fashionable among Manchu women, but also made them appear taller; the shoe reshaped the body. Together with the new longer dress 'qipao,' it brought an alternative standard for feminine beauty.
Circa: 19th century
Material: Silk embroidered shoe, supported by a terracotta platform base.
Condition: Obvious wear as shown in the photographs
Dimensions: H: 11.5cm x L: 24cm x W: 10cm
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