Pair of Qabaqib, 1800-80, Egypt
The qabaqib, worn in the Ottoman Empire from the 16th century, had the purpose of raising women wearing them above the hammam’s heated floor. They were a symbol of wealth and status. The pair on view, made of wood, silk velvet, leather, and shell and metal inlay, is 28.5cm tall and comes from 1800-80 Egypt.
Source: Victoria and Albert Museum, London via Bloomberg