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Nuristan red boots, Shudgul, Nuristan, Afghanistan

1950s

British Museum

British Museum

Pair of leather boots; ankle length moccasin style, stitched red leather with leather thongs for fastening; unused.

The custom of presenting red leather boots to important visitors is attested from this region of eastern Afghanistan since the nineteenth century and is possibly a much older local tradition.

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  • Title: Nuristan red boots, Shudgul, Nuristan, Afghanistan
  • Date Created: 1950s
  • Location Created: Afghanistan
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 23 centimetres (boot a) Length: 26 centimetres (boot a) Width: 9.5 centimetres (boot a) Weight: 204 grammes (boot a) Height: 23 centimetres (boot b) Length: 26 centimetres (boot b) Width: 9.5 centimetres (boot b) Length: 190 centimetres (boot b)
  • Provenance: Gift of David F. King
  • Type: Boots
  • External Link: 2011,6042.1.a-b
  • Medium: Leather
  • Copyright: © The Trustees of The British Museum

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