Chinese Foot Binding: Showing the deformation: The shoe was worn on the great toe only. Even while in bed – and even if otherwise totally naked – women wore special slippers to conceal their deformed extremities. The attraction seems to have lain in what was hidden from view. Lotus Feet, Bound Feet, Chine Foot, 3 Years Old, Chinese Foot, Lilies Feet, Footbind, China, Foot Binding
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Four Sisters. The eldest girl seems to be deceased. The sister on the left end has one foot braced on the floor and a firm grip on her older sister's right arm, as if she is supporting her. The next girl is holding the older girl's hand, but close inspection seems to indicate no response to the younger girl's touch. This was still very good photography.
Saartjie Baartman (1790-1815) was known as The Hottentot Venus and was exhibited in carnival-like shows across Britain that sensationalized her unusual anatomy: she had steatopygia, an over-development of fatty tissue around the buttocks. After her death, her remains were preserved and exhibited in Paris until 1985. Her remains were finally returned to South Africa at the request of Nelson Mandela and received a proper burial in 2002.