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Kabkab (a raised wooden bath clog or sandal) were worn by women in bath houses to protect feet from heated and wet tiled floors. This decorative example (1858), thought to be from Damascus in Syria, has inlaid ivory or bone decoration, and a silk strap across top with metal embroidery. #100Objects #CumingMuseum

Kabkab (a raised wooden bath clog or sandal) were worn by women in bath houses to protect feet from heated and wet tiled floors. This decorative example (1858), thought to be from Damascus in Syria, has inlaid ivory or bone decoration, and a silk strap across top with metal embroidery. #100Objects #CumingMuseum

"Lotus shoe" for the bound foot of a Chinese lady, decorated with very fine embroidered details. Date: 1800-1850 #shoe #fashion

"Lotus shoe" for the bound foot of a Chinese lady, decorated with very fine embroidered details. Date: 1800-1850 #shoe #fashion

A Nurse Wearing a Mask While Filling a Pitcher From a Fire Hydrant  During the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

A Nurse Wearing a Mask While Filling a Pitcher From a Fire Hydrant During the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic

Shoe of perforated brown leather. High heeled shoe with high fanned tongue, fastened by a strap. Probably a shoe apprentice's model made to demonstrate his skills and possibly for display purposes to advertise the range of good or skills on offer at the shoemaker's. Europe. Date: 1714-1730 #shoes #fashion

Shoe of perforated brown leather. High heeled shoe with high fanned tongue, fastened by a strap. Probably a shoe apprentice's model made to demonstrate his skills and possibly for display purposes to advertise the range of good or skills on offer at the shoemaker's. Europe. Date: 1714-1730 #shoes #fashion

Chinese foot-bound shoe with a cream silk background along the sides, and a blue…

Chinese foot-bound shoe with a cream silk background along the sides, and a blue…

Heeled shoe with a leather sole and soft white leather heel and lining. It has a yellow, white and red silk brocade upper, decorated with a pattern of leaves and fruit. Date: 1700-1710 #shoes #fashion

Heeled shoe with a leather sole and soft white leather heel and lining. It has a yellow, white and red silk brocade upper, decorated with a pattern of leaves and fruit. Date: 1700-1710 #shoes #fashion

Purse, elk antler. Made by George Blake (b. 1944), 1994. California, Hupa/Yurok. LBD

Purse, elk antler. Made by George Blake (b. 1944), 1994. California, Hupa/Yurok. LBD

Foot binding became popular in the 12th century as a means of displaying status. Much like a tiny waist in Victorian England, a small foot represented the height of female refinement in China and girls’ feet were painfully bound to prevent growth. These boots (c. 1885), at about 4 inches in length, were considered to be at the larger end of the desired scale. Despite leaving women with lifelong disabilities, the practice only began to die out in the early 20th century #100Objects…

Foot binding became popular in the 12th century as a means of displaying status. Much like a tiny waist in Victorian England, a small foot represented the height of female refinement in China and girls’ feet were painfully bound to prevent growth. These boots (c. 1885), at about 4 inches in length, were considered to be at the larger end of the desired scale. Despite leaving women with lifelong disabilities, the practice only began to die out in the early 20th century #100Objects…

Made from bone, this heru features a figure in profile at each side, looking outwards. One has a broken projection on its head. There is a carved head between the two figures, and all have paua shell inset eyes. The comb has five prongs and rauponga surface carving.

Made from bone, this heru features a figure in profile at each side, looking outwards. One has a broken projection on its head. There is a carved head between the two figures, and all have paua shell inset eyes. The comb has five prongs and rauponga surface carving.

Chinese foot-bound shoe, with a light blue silk background along the sides and a gold silk ankle guard. It is decorated with a pink and blue chequered galloon, a Greek key pattern and floral motifs. The more ornate and skilfully sewn the boot, the more highly regarded the wearer, who would have sewed them herself. The wearer's foot would have been approximately 4 inches meaning she would have been known as a 'silver lotus'. Date: 1700-1914 #shoes #fashion

Chinese foot-bound shoe, with a light blue silk background along the sides and a gold silk ankle guard. It is decorated with a pink and blue chequered galloon, a Greek key pattern and floral motifs. The more ornate and skilfully sewn the boot, the more highly regarded the wearer, who would have sewed them herself. The wearer's foot would have been approximately 4 inches meaning she would have been known as a 'silver lotus'. Date: 1700-1914 #shoes #fashion

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