Pair of geta (shoes)
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Pair of Japanese geta (clogs) with toe cover, the sole of tatami (woven rice straw), the sides decorated with cranes and pine trees in gold on a red lacquer ground, toe cover trimmed with fur, about 1920
Object history note
On display in the V&A exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain between 13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016.
Pair of Japanese geta (shoes) with toe cover, the sole of tatami (woven rice straw), the sides decorated with cranes and pine trees in gold on a red lacquer ground, toe cover trimmed with fur, about 1920
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Label for the exhibition Shoes: Pleasure and Pain (2015/2016)
Cover for Winter
Traditionally, Japanese men and women wore thonged wooden clogs, or geta. For the wealthy, these shoes were richly decorated. These geta have fur-trimmed toe covers and would have been worn by an affluent woman on colder days. They feature gold decoration of cranes and pine trees on red lacquer.
Lacquered wood, silk, rabbit fur, grass and metal
V&A: FE.11:1, 2-2015 [2015/2016]
East Asia Collection