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I find this fascinating since this girl appears to be of African decent based on bone structure, facial features and hair, but is in oroental clothing with bound feet. Lotus Feet (Zakia as Chinese girl with bound feet) by Elena Kalis

from The Denver Post

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Shanxi style antique Chinese lotus shoes, 19th century. LADIES' BOUND FEET SHOES.

Lotus Shoes China. 19th century Silk, cardboard and plaster; Source of Entry: unknown (formerly in the collection of Counts Stroganov). 1920s

A large proportion of Chinese women in the late nineteenth century had their feet bound small while they were children.  The woman seen in this late nineteenth century photograph was an entertainer, a sing-song girl, but footbinding was also practiced by the families of scholars and merchants.