Pair of fakir's sandals, India, 1871-1920

Made:
1871-1920 in India
maker:
Unknown

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Pair of fakir's sandals, with iron spikes through soles and wooden toe pegs, Indian, 1871-1920

Studded with nails, these sandals were worn by a fakir, a Muslim or Hindu religious figure in India who lives solely off donations and leads a life of fasting, prayer and abstinence. The sandals are worn to show the power of the fakir’s spirit to conquer physical pain. By overcoming the sensation of pain, through many years of practice, fakirs hope to achieve spiritual enlightenment.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A23375
Materials:
spikes, iron, wood
type:
sandals costume (footwear), religion (hinduism), hinduism, costume (footwear), fakirs, pairs, sandals
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • costume
  • footwear
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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