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Pair of Silver Paduka Sandals
India, probably Gujarat
18th-19th century

length of each: 21cm, width:  9.5cm, height: 6.5cm, combined weights: 502g

This pair of paduka sandals has been fashioned from high-grade sheet and cast silver. They are modelled after the padukas worn by sadhus and other types
of holy men in India, but would have been worn by royalty or might have been gifted to a holy man by a wealthy donor.

They might also have been used as items of veneration and possible served as votive items.

They are of simple design in keeping with the
sadhu aesthetic. The tops of the soles are decorated with punched deigns and include a fine border all the way
around the sole as well as snow-flake like motifs at the heel.

Each has a prominent and sculptural finial-like toe-knob.

Both are on silver platforms made of silver sheet that has been soldered to the sole.

The pair is in very fine condition. Each has obvious age and is free of repairs or losses.

References:
Jain-Neubauer, J., Feet & Footwear in Indian Culture, Bata Shoe Museum/Mapin, 2000.

Provenance:
Collection of (the late) Paul Walter; probably acquired in London.

Inventory no.: 5003

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