Taquete fragment

Taquete fragment

Taquete fragment
Central Asia
200-400 AD
Weft-faced compound weave in wool
Length 14.4 cm x width 11.2 cm
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.229 (L.A.IV.v.002)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

This colourful taquete fragment was found in one of the rooms of a large dwelling within the walled garrison town of Loulan. Based on several finds of Kharosthi records, Stein was convinced that the ruined dwelling had been the residence of a non-Chinese official belonging to the indigenous administration of the territory. Wool taquete fabrics were probably used as furnishings, such as decorative bed covers. A similar taquete fragment has recently been found in the Yingpan cemetery, about 200 kilometres to the east of Loulan.