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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

Photo of Fragments of artificial flowers, 300 – 400 AD, Miran, China, cotton and silk with wooden pegs. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.628. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Fragments of artificial flowers, 300 – 400 AD, Miran, China, cotton and silk with wooden pegs. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.628. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Horse head-shaped fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang, China, terracotta. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.66. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Horse head-shaped fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang, China, terracotta. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.66. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Relief fragment, about 500 AD, Khadalik, moulded stucco. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.8. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Relief fragment, about 500 AD, Khadalik, moulded stucco. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.8. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Fragment of wooden panel, about 500 AD, Khadalik, painted wood. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Fragment of wooden panel, about 500 AD, Khadalik, painted wood. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Shoe, 200 – 400 AD, The Limes Watchtowers, plant fibre. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.344. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Shoe, 200 – 400 AD, The Limes Watchtowers, plant fibre. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.344. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Textile fragments, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, silk damask. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.639:1 to 3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Textile fragments, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, silk damask. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.639:1 to 3. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Head fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, terracotta. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.63. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Head fragment, 200 – 500 AD, Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu, terracotta. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.63. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Textile fragment, 700 AD, Dunhuang, China, embroidered silk. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.559. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Textile fragment, 700 AD, Dunhuang, China, embroidered silk. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.559. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Rope, 200 – 400 AD, Loulan, China, leather and grass. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.83. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Rope, 200 – 400 AD, Loulan, China, leather and grass. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.83. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Head of a Bodhisattva, 500 – 600 AD, Xinjiang, China, moulded stucco. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.13. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Head of a Bodhisattva, 500 – 600 AD, Xinjiang, China, moulded stucco. Museum no. LOAN:I A SURVEY.13. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Ceramic fragment, 1000 – 1100 AD, Xinjiang, China, incised stoneware. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.36. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Ceramic fragment, 1000 – 1100 AD, Xinjiang, China, incised stoneware. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.36. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Textile fragment, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern woven silk. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.381. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Textile fragment, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern woven silk. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.381. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Porcelain fragment, 1368 – 1644, Jingdezhen, China. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.23. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Porcelain fragment, 1368 – 1644, Jingdezhen, China. Museum no. LOAN:INDIA.23. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Banner, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern and plain woven silk, wood and paint. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.619. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Banner, 600 – 900 AD, Dunhuang, China, pattern and plain woven silk, wood and paint. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.619. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

Photo of Canopy, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, plain woven hemp. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.620. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India
Canopy, 600 – 800 AD, Dunhuang, China, plain woven hemp. Museum no. LOAN:STEIN.620. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India

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