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A pair of blue shoes made of thin silk
XB7843
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The shoes have a surface of blue silk and a flat bottom. The toe bends upward. The shoes are made of four pieces of cotton cloth, but the soles, the topcover and the ends are made out of one piece. A long thin white silk thread is stuck to the toes as a decoration. Two thin ropes are tied to the back of the shoes. The shoes are incomplete. They were used for sacrificial purposes.

History of the Object
The tombs are located to the Southeast of Turpan city close to the ancient City of Gaochang. The tombs were the public cemetery of the ancient Gaochang residents. Among the more than ten thousand cultural relics excavated are over 2700 books, paintings, pottery, silk and cotton textiles. The time recorded in the books ranges from 273 to 772.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Thin silk 
Measurements
Width 7 cm. Height 4.5 cm. Length 24 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
A gift to accompany the deceased 
Acquisition
Unearthed from tomb No. 27 of the Astana Cemetery in Turpan in 1964. 
Copyright
The proprietary right of the masterpiece belongs to the Xinjiang Museum of China. No individual or group can copy without permission. 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Xinjiang museum 
Museum
Museum of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region 
Credit line
Storage dep. 
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