Grass fragment

Grass fragment

Grass fragment
Khadalik, China
700-1000 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.128 (Kha.vi.3.b)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This little square of folded grass of unknown use was recovered from the site of Khadalik, a Buddhist shrine dating from the 8th to the 10th century AD. The intriguing find might have been part of a votive gift or some sort of decoration. Perhaps folding grass was just some past-time activity. The stucco relief fragment (centre) shows a crowned gandharva enclosed by an oval flame-bordered vesica.