Sling-back shoe

Sling-back shoe

Sling
Central Asia
8th century AD
Wool cord and wool felt
Length 70 cm x width 0.7 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.263 (M.I.0081)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Stein identified this object as a sling. It is made of closely plaited seven strands of yak outer hair which at one point is divided into two to form edge of felted wool pouch. Although the military duties at the fort were a priority, it is suggested by the finds that soldiers also farmed and herded livestock. String nets and slings indicate that they also fished and hunted.