Boar design textile fragment
Weft-faced compound twill
Length 11.9 cm x Width 7.3 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.679 (Ast.i.6.01)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
This textile fragment shows the remains of a boar design in orange and black. One of the boar’s ears is visible, part of a cheek with a tusk and part of the surrounding pearl border. Several textiles with a boar’s head have been discovered in Astana burial grounds. The designs of the head show, during the mid-7th century, typical Sassanian themes and are in weft-faced compound twill, or samite, a weaving technique which appears not to be used at this time in China. The execution of the patterns and the colour schemes seem to suggest a Sogdian type of manufacture. These textiles were intended for use as a burial face cover.