Length of silk

Length of silk

Length of silk
Miran, China
300-400 AD or later
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.276 (M.X.001)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

He described the long length of silk as a girdle based on the much worn ends. He found it in the ruins of a small building with just one room and a hemispherical dome above it. It was still rolled-up. The width of the silk is about 6 centimetres wider than the standard measurement of silks made during the Han and Qin dynasties, and therefore might belong to a later date. The so-called girdle was maybe left behind by a traveller several hundred years later seeking shelter when the roof of the building was still intact.