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Pair of Antique Chinese Lotus Shoes Hand-me-downs

Pair of Antique Chinese Lotus Shoes Hand-me-downs


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1900: Item # 905962

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These Chinese woman's Lotus shoes are from Shanxi province and are from the mid 1800's. In Chinese culture, to have, wear or use something from an ancestor (parent, grandparent,etc) was considered as a talisman and gave an element of protection to the user. This pair of lotus shoes was passed to a younger generation whose embroidery skills were, well, not as advanced as the original maker. But clearly the child left her mark on the shoes with the added embroidery of the birds etc.