These early 19th-century wooden bath clogs are from Turkey. At 26cm high they lifted the wearer above the wet and dirty floor of the baths, but a personal attendant was needed for support. Their Arabic name, qabqab, derives from the clacking noise they made on the marble floors. They are inlaid with pewter and mother-of-pearl and the leather straps are covered in gold-embroidered velvet.
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