Paper strip fragment

Paper strip fragment

Paper strip fragment
Mazartagh, China
700–850 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.248 (M.Tagh.a.0035)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This strip appears to be from some sort of compressed and dried vegetable fibre pulp which resembles paper. It has been painted or printed on one side with lozenge-pattern in red lines and tied with a string in the middle. It is difficult to know what it would have originally been used for, but a good guess is that it would have been something utilitarian.