1900 Chinese Woman’s Slippers for Bound Feet

Description
Mrs. Lee had bound feet her entire life. Her daughter, Grace Mok, noted in an oral history that her limited mobility and difficulty in walking required her to be accompanied wherever she went. Though these are not Ng Shee Lee’s shoes, they are similar to those she wore.
Foot binding in China may have originated as early as 900 AD. Though outlawed by the conquering Manchus in the 17th century, the Han Chinese retained the social practice into the 20th century.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
woman's shoe for bound feet
Object Type
Shoes
date made
1900
maker
unknown
Physical Description
silk (overall material)
leather (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 in x 4 in; 10.16 cm x 10.16 cm
place made
Zhonghua: Shanghai Shi, Shanghai
ID Number
AG*A.2937
accession number
1926.93542
catalog number
A.2937
subject
Family & Social Life
Shoe
Chinese American
Cultures & Communities
Clothing & Accessories
Chinese American
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. William Chapin Huntington

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