3 inch Golden Lotus shoe - Anthony Van Lam

Anthony Van Lam

3 inch Golden Lotus shoe

Framed: 50 x 50 cmWatercolour on paperSoldWhat's not love about red?

Red, the colour of blood and fire, is associated with meanings of love, passion, desire, heat, longing, lust, sexuality, sensitivity, romance, joy, strength, leadership, courage, vigour, willpower, rage, anger, danger, malice, wrath, stress, action, vibrance, radiance, and determination. So many meanings – but love is the most. In Chinese tradition, red is used for all sorts of festive celebrations: Lunar New Year and Weddings!

This painting shares a bittersweet journey of this old pair of Golden Lotus shoes! Old and almost lost its shape, but Golden for a reason. It is the smallest one of the three categories!

Golden -3 inches (Chinese inches 6-8 cm);
Silver - 4 inches;
Iron - 5 inches.

These are all measuring up to one part chauvinistic in the way people wanted the more inferior sex to be! So the smaller, the better you will be. You will be more fertile, beautiful and desirable. You will marry into a wealthy family, and your sacrifice will aid your family for generations. People also believed the swaying and gliding walks are also very seductive and tighten your delicate flower.

The Fengguan or Kuituo is behind the Golden Lotus shoe as it's not the most important to compare this pair of Golden Lotus shoes, but the size is.