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slipper

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As,SLMisc.1540.a-b

  • Description

    Pair of ladies house slippers (papouches, Turkish pabuç) made of soft brownish-yellow leather with a border of twisted silk embroidery thread and two red silk tassels on the front. Worn indoors.

  • Date

    • 18thC(early)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 24.5 centimetres (slipper 'a')
    • Width: 10 centimetres (slipper 'a')
    • Weight: 50 grammes (slipper 'a')
    • Length: 24 centimetres (slipper 'b')
    • Width: 10 centimetres (slipper 'b')
    • Weight: 46 grammes (slipper 'b')
  • Curator's comments

    'Turkish papoches [sic] and torleks [sic] which ladies wear within doors at home in Constantinople and Smyrna." H. J. Braunholtz, 'Sir Hans Sloane and Ethnography', British Museum, 1970.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1753

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    As,SLMisc.1540.a-b

  • Additional IDs

    • As1753D10.1540a (old CDMS no.)
Pair of slippers made of leather, textile (silk).

Pair of slippers made of leather, textile (silk).

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