Felt pad fragment

Felt pad fragment

Felt pad fragment
Endere, China
800-1000 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.113 (E.VI.006)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This intriguing small object is made of one length of cream felt which has been folded over and stitched around the edges with cream wool thread. It is unclear what the pad of felted wool would have been used for. Stein discovered it in the ruins of what once was a small dwelling, which he believed dated to the re-settlement after the Tang dynasty effective domination of the Tarim Basin.