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Pair of man's boots

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Black silk satin weave uppers with a white cotton insole. There are red stamps and black Chinese characters along with the name "MEAD" on the insole of each boot. Half-inch white inflexible sole is made out of layers of felted paper with a final layer of brown leather.


Acquired by Lawrence Mead in China in the early 20th century; by inheritance to Eleanor M. Strong, 1969; gift to MFA, December 12, 2001.

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Gift of Eleanor M. Strong in memory of Lawrence M. Mead

Chinese (Manchu), Qing Dynasty, Late 19th to early 20th century

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43.2 x 27.3 x 8.3 cm (17 x 10 3/4 x 3 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silk satin weave upper with cotton plain weave lining and felted paper and leather sole


Textiles and Fashion Arts