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Wine cup in the shape of a shoe

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The Chinese tradition of footbinding originated at the beginning of the Song dynasty (960-1279). It was reserved for women of the upper classes. The resulting deformity prevented these women from walking long distances. However, thier strange gait was considered extremely provocative. The bound...

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Marks

Seven-character underglaze written mark inscription: Xiao xiao jin lian feng yi bei

Provenance

Purchased at public auction. Christie's, Amsterdam, May 3, 1989.

Credit Line

Helen S. Coolidge Fund

Chinese, Ming dynasty, second quarter of the 17th century

Dimensions

Overall: 5 x 10 cm (1 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1989.207

Medium or Technique

Porcelain, Jingdezhen ware, painted in underglaze blue

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ceramics, Porcelain