Single bound foot shoe for a woman with upturned pointed toe and high wedge heel. The upper is of red silk embroidered with flowers, a deer, a tortoise and gold couching, edged with ribbon and blue silk rim on top, pale green and white silk piping below. Heel tab is of pink cotton at back. High wedge heel of wood covered with white silk, embroidered with a butterfly and floral design on side. Sole is of natural coloured quilted cotton. There is no inner lining.

See pp. 116-117. Ko, Dorothy (2001), 'Every Step A Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet', L.A., Berkerly: University of California Press.

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