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Pair of shoes

Pair of shoes

  • Place of origin:

    Lucknow (made)

  • Date:

    1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silk, gold and silver embroidery and leather

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pair of shoes as worn by the King of Avadh (Oudh). Four gold tassels attached to each shoe.

Place of Origin

Lucknow (made)


1855 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silk, gold and silver embroidery and leather


Length: 23.5 cm, Width: 11.75 cm, Height: 11 cm

Object history note

On display in the V&A exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain between 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. 1880 Register Entry: [Case 17] '0515. SHOES. Pair of, embroidered with gold (as worn by the King of Lucknow). 8217'. Slip book entry 8218: 'Pair of Shoes as Worn by the King of Oudh / 4 Gold Tassels attached to each shoe / Lucknow / 55'

Descriptive line

Pair of shoes, embroidered with gold, Lucknow, 1855

Labels and date

Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

Fit for a King
The Museum acquired these shoes in Lucknow, India, in 1855. Their rich embellishment suggests that they might have belonged to the ruler of the Awadh region. The elaborate decoration includes hundreds of sequins. It features a variety of embroidery techniques using twisted and coiled gilded silver and silver wires, as well as large gilded silver tassels. The courtly tradition of finely embellished shoes eventually spread to a wider market.
Men’s mojari
Leather, cotton, silk, silver and gilded silver thread embroidery
Possibly owned by the Nawab of Awadh
V&A: 0515&A(IS) [2015-2016]


Silk; Gold; Silver; Leather


Embroidery; Shoe-making


Clothing; Textiles; Costumes; Accessories; India Museum


South & South East Asia Collection

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