Twisted grass and leather
Length 25 cm x width 6.5 cm (as seen)
Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.83 (L.A.VI.ii.0033.a-b)
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
On loan from Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
These two lengths of rope are made of grass and leather strips respectively. The rope of twisted grass has been doubled back on itself and knotted at intervals, giving it a chain-like appearance. The rope of leather has one strip doubled upon itself to give two strands while another strip is giving the third. Ropes have a multitude of functions, everything from keeping animals bound to carrying objects. They were found together in one of the many refuse heaps within the walled garrison town of Loulan.