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


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


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

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Medium or Technique

Porcelain, Jingdezhen ware, painted in underglaze blue




Ceramics, Porcelain