The Stein Collection

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The V&A Stein Collection, on loan from the Government of India, includes nearly 600 textile fragments and over 70 ceramic and Buddhist objects. These rare objects, dating between 200 BC and 1200 AD, were recovered at the beginning of the 20th century by Hungarian-born, British archaeologist, Sir Marc Aurel Stein from The Silk Road – an ancient network of trade routes across Central Asia that connected the East and West.

Collection Highlights

Fragments of Artificial flowers, 300 - 400 AD, Miran, China, cotton and silk with wooden pegs
horse head-shaped fragment
Horse head-shaped fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang, China, terracotta
relief fragment
Relief fragment, about 500 AD, Khadalik, China, moulded stucco
panel fragment
Fragment of wooden panel, about 500 AD, Khadalik, China, painted wood
Shoe, 200 – 400 AD, The Limes Watchtowers, plant fibre
Textile fragments
Textile fragments, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, silk damask
head fragment
Head fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, terracotta
Textile fragment, 700 AD, Dunhuang, China, embroidered silk
Rope, 200 – 400 AD, Loulan, China, leather and grass
relief head
Head of a Bodhisattva, 500 – 600 AD, Xinjiang, China, moulded stucco
ceramic sherd
Ceramic fragment, 1000 – 1100 AD, Xinjiang, China, incised stoneware
Textile fragment, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern woven silk
porcelain bowl fragment
Porcelain fragment, 1368 – 1644, Jingdezhen, China
Canopy, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, plain woven hemp
Banner, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern and plain woven silk, wood and paint


Background image: Fragments of artificial flowers, 300 – 400 AD, Miran, China. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.628. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London