Bundle of fragments

Bundle of fragments

Bundle of fragments
China, Central Asia
200 BC-400 AD
Plain weave in cotton and silk
Length 25 cm x Width 23 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.48 (T.XII.a.ii.003)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This bundle of various fragments consists mainly of monochrome plain woven silks in shades of buff but also some examples of blue, green, dark red, red and apricot. One piece is of plain woven brown unidentified plant fibre, probably hemp, and there is a lump of cotton waste. Some of the silk fragments have joining seams and remains of stitching.

Stein found this bundle of fragments in what appears to be a purposely constructed 'dustbin' next to the tower of T.XII.a. To keep the bundle safely together as he found it, Stein put it in a fabric bag, and wrote on the attached label what the bag contained and its identification number. This is how the bundle was still stored in the early 2000s. Stein also discovered Chinese documents which dates this particular tower to 9-23 AD.