Quilted shoe. The shoe is made of two or three layers of cloth which were sewn together with an imbricated scale pattern. Sole and uppers were made in one piece with a join down the centre of the toes which was oversewn and then covered with a band of silk. A lapped joint sewn with leather thongs can be seen at the back of the heel. The opening of the shoe is strongly overcast and bound with corded blue silk. The remains of leather-sewing suggests an outer leather sole or patch.
- Excavated/Findspot: Yar-khoto, Y.K.iii.001 (excavated at Yar-khoto)
- (Asia,China,Xinjiang (autonomous region),Turfan,Yar-khoto)
- Height: 21.8 centimetres
- Width: 11.5 centimetres
The 1917-11-28 group (with MAS numbering) refers to objects from Stein's Second Central Asian Expedition, 1906-08. As the expedition was financed 3/ 5 by the Government of India and 2/5 by the British Museum, it was agreed that the finds from the expedition should be allocated in these proportions. All the finds were shipped to London for sorting, research and publication, and subsequent distribution. The distribution of the finds between London and India was determined by specialists, appointed by the Government of India (through the India Office, London) and the British Museum, who drew up lists of the objects for approval by both sides. The specialists included: Raphael Petrucci, under supervision of Dr E Denison Ross (nominated by India Office) and Lawrence Binyon (British Museum) on paintings; Dr F W Thomas, Dr E Denison Ross (both nominated by India Office) and Dr L D Barnett (British Museum) on manuscripts and written documents; Dr E Denison Ross (nominated by India Office) and Lawrence Binyon (British Museum) on archaeological/other finds. Although the lists were drawn up and approved in 1915, the Government of India asked the British Museum to look after the entire collection during the First World War, and those allocated to India were eventually shipped in 1919.
- Y.K.iii.001 (Stein no.)
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Object reference number: RRC7277
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