Musée des confluences

Femme assise



Cette statuette en ivoire représente une jeune japonaise assise, à moitié vêtue, un éventail tenu dans la main droite, le bras gauche placé sous le menton.


Cette statuette est présentée dans l'exposition temporaire A vos pieds (07/06/2016-30/04/2017), dans l'îlot 2 - "Entre choix et contrainte".

Cette sculpture illustre l’exaltation érotique suscitée par le petit pied bandé et sa précieuse chaussure.

This sculpture illustrates the erotic exaltation aroused by small bound feet and their precious shoes.

sources complémentaires

Liens consultés le 24/05/2016.


  • Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 1994 - Alles über schuhe : Fussbekleidung im Wandel der Zeiten. Toronto : Bata limited, pp. 50-51
  • Buratto C.-V., 1998 – Shoes : Objects of Art and Seduction. Milano: Skira.
  • Collectif, 1993 - Feet of Ingenuity: a Catalogue of Footwear from the Ethnographic Collections of the Horniman Museum. London : Horniman Museum.
  • Glenn R., Steele V., 1997 - Golden lotus: a Collection of Chinese Bound Foot Shoes. Arts of Asia, Vol. 27, Num. 2.
  • Hong F., 1997 - Footbinding, Feminism and Freedom: the Liberation of Women’s Bodies in Modern China. London, Frank Cass.
  • Jackson B., 1997 - Splendid Slippers; a Thousand Years of an Erotic Tradition. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press.
  • Jain-Neubauer, Jutta. - Feet & Footwear in Indian Culture. Toronto; Ahmedabad, India: Bata Shoe Museum in association with Mapin Publishing Pvt. Ltd., 2000.
  • Habraken W., 2005 – Tribal and ethnic footwear of the world – moccasins sandals clogs slippers boot and shoes.
  • Ledger F.- E., 1985 - Put Your Foot Down: a Treatise on the History of Shoes. Melksham, Wiltshire, U.K.: C. Venton.
  • Levy, H. S., 1966 - Chinese Footbinding: the History of a Curious Erotic Custom. New York : W. Rawls.
  • Levy, H. S., 1992 - The Lotus Lovers: The Complete History of the Curious Erotic Custom of Footbinding in China. Prometheus Books, Buffalo, New York.
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articles et travaux universitaires

  • Benstock S, Ferris S, 2001 - Footnotes: on Shoes. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Broadwin J., 1997 - “Walking Contradictions: Chinese Women Unbound at the Turn of the Century,” Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol.10, Num.4.
  • Butler, K. G., 1985 - "Footbinding, Exploitation and Wrongfulness: Non-Marxist Conception". Diogenes (International Council of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies).
  • Cumming S.R, Stone K., 1997 - "Consequences of foot binding among older women in Beijing, China". American Journal of Public Heath. 1997, Vol. 87, Num.10.
  • Feng J., 1994 - "The Three-Inch Golden Lotus". Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Gamble S. D., 1943 - "The Disappearance of Foot-Binding in Tingshien". American Journal of Sociology Vol. 49, Num.2, PP. 181-183.
  • Gates, Hill., 2001 - "Footloose in Fujian : Economic Correlates of footbinding". Comparative Studies in Society and History, Vol.43, Num. 1.
  • Gorbld R., 1921 - "Shoes of Asia". In. Journal of the American Asiatic Society, Vol. 21, PP. 526- 531.
  • Ko D., 2001 - "Every step a lotus : Shoes for Bound Feet". Berkeley, University of California Press.
  • Ko D., 1997 - The Body as Attire: Shifting Meanings of Footbinding in Seventeenth. In the Journal of women’s history. Vol. 8, Num. 4.
  • Mackie, G., 1996 -"Ending footbinding and Infibulation: Convention account." American Sociological Review, Vol.61, Num.6.
  • Mao J., 2007 - Foot Binding: The Truth Behind the Beauty. The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. Vol. 1, Num. 2.
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  • Turner C. L., 1997 - "Locating footbinding: Variations Across Class and Space in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century China". Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol.10, Num. 4.
  • Vento M., 1998 - One Thousand Years of Chinese Footbinding: Its Origins, Popularity and Demise. Term Paper/Core 9: Chinese Culture.

bandes dessinées

billets de blog

dossiers documentaires d’institutions culturelles

films et documentaires

  • Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Mark Robson, 1958.

L’histoire d’une jeune gouvernant qui part comme missionnaire en Chine. Sur place elle devient inspecteur des pieds, pour surveiller que les pieds des petites filles ne soient plus bandés.

autres liens




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Musée des Confluences (Lyon, France)
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13 Mai 2016
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