About this object

A pair of knee-high boots, with soft leather soles that curve up to enclose the toes and sides of the feet. The main body of the boots are made from squares of bright red, blue and green felt. A slit up the back of each boot reveals the pale blue lining. The boots appear to be machine sewn.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Textile Wool Felt; Skin Leather; Textile Cotton; Yarn Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    440 mm x 100 mm x 280 mm; 17 5/16 in x 3 15/16 in x 11 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: there is no entry in the List of Curios. The boots could be either Tibetan or Bhutanese, and there are very similar examples to these worn by individuals in photographs taken by both Bell and John Claude White in Bhutan in the early part of the 20th century. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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