Price: $ 1,200.00
A pair of very rare 19th century Ottoman hand carved wooden Qabaqib with silver wire and mother of pearl inlaid into a black resinous pitch. Original cotton and silk applique straps.
The tradition of Qabaqib dates all the way back to the early 17th century but it reached it's pinnacle of popularity in the middle of the 19th century. Worn mostly by aristocratic woman as a status symbol, these unique platform shoes also served a practical purpose - offering relief from the scalding heat of a Turkish bath house floor. As their popularity grew, styles became more outrageous and shoe elevations soared to new heights, with some platforms raised as high as ten inches. The pair of Qabaqib offered here are raised by just a few inches, but whatever they lack in height is made up for in style.
Dimensions: 9.5 inches long x 2.5 inches high.
Condition: in excellent, original condition with only minor loss.
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