Footwear from around the World

Feet are imbued with mystical properties in many cultures – they connect us to the earth physically, and it is the earth that provides food and sustenance.

The items here are all about decorating the feet, and come from India, Ottoman Turkey, Malaysia, China, Bukina Faso, Colonial Central America, and Oman.

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5003

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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

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

4951

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Pair of Indian Silver Anklets

Orissa, India
circa 1900

length: 13cm, width: 9.5cm, combined weight: 258g

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Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

5002

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Ceremonial Gold & Silver Paduka Sandals

India, probably Rajasthan
18th-19th century

length of each: 213.5cm, width: 9cm, height: 12.5cm, combined weights: 1,516g

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Collection of (the late) Paul Walter. The undersides of each retain old collection labels pertaining to 'Trephagan School', which is in the United States.

3507

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Cast Copper Bwa Do Cult Anklet

Bwa people, Burkino Faso
19th century

length: 20cm. width: 9.7cm, height with stand: 8cm

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UK art market

4029

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Large, Fine Silver Anklets, Oman

Oman
19th century

exterior diameter: 11.3cm, interior diameter: 6.2cm, height of bezel: 6cm, combined weights: 502g

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UK art market

3589

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Ottoman Woman’s Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab) with Engraved Silver Mounts

Ottoman Turkey
19th century

length: 24cm, height: 12.5cm

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from the collection of the family of John Lee, Baron Lee of Trafford, Bowdon Old Hall, Cheshire, UK. The family of Lord Lee has occupied Bowdon Old Hall since 1919 and the clogs formed part of the contents of the house.

1085

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Brass Colonial Spanish or Dutch Stirrups

Spanish South America or Dutch Suriname
17th-19th century

both each approximately 27cm in length & 12.5cm in height; weights: 1348g and 1324g

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European art market.

5304

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Pair of Chinese Embroidered Slippers

Straits Settlements or China
early 20th century

length: 25.3cm

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collected by Alwyn Sidney Haynes (1878-1963), and thence by descent. Haynes was a colonial administrator in Malaya and the Straits Settlements between 1901 and 1934. He held many posts including Acting British Resident, Pahang (1924); British Resident, Perak (1925); British Advisor, Kedah (1925); British Advisor, Kelantan (1930); and Acting Colonial Administrator, Straits Settlements (1933), after which he retired and returned to England, and lived near Stratford-upon-Avon, and then in Leamington Spa.  Haynes loaned some of the items he collected in Malaya to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford in 1939. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1950.

4735

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Pair of Malay Carved Wooden Clogs

Malay People, Malaysia or Singapore
1800-1850

length: 25cm, width: 9cm, heights: 11.2cm

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4950

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Pair of Indian Silver Anklets

Orissa, India
circa 1900

ength: 14cm, width: 9cm, combined weight: 245g

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Collection of the late Paul Walter, New York, probably acquired in London.

5038

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Pair of Carved Wooden, Iron & Leather Stirrups

Mexico
18th century

height of wooden section of each stirrup: 25cm, width: 22cm, depth: 15.5cm, length of leather strap: 38cm

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UK art market

5004

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Pair of Miniature Brass Paduka Sandals for a Deity

Deccan, India
18th-19th century

length of each: 11.8cm, width: 7.3cm, height: 7cm, combined weights: 677g

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Provenance

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

5487

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Fine Pair of Champleve Enamel Silver Anklets (Jhanhjar)

Punjab, India/Pakistan
19th century

approximate outer diameter of each: 12.6cm, combined weight: 522g

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UK art market

4752

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Woman’s Mother-of-Pearl & Bone Inlaid Wooden Stilted Clogs (Qabqab)

Ottoman Turkey
19th century

heights (without upper straps): 15.2cm, overall heights: 19.5cm, length: 23.2cm

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UK art market