Artificial flowers

Artificial flowers

Artificial flowers
Miran, China
300-400 AD
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.628 (M.III.0013
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

These artificial flowers were cut out flat from plain woven cotton and silk, some dyed blue and some red while others were left undyed. The flowers were cleverly made up with wooden pegs and tufts of silk thread to represent stalks and stamens. The stalks would then have been pushed through a painted cloth which perhaps covered the floor, walls or even the ceiling. The flowers may have been votive offerings of the worshippers at the shrine of Miran.