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shirt

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    As1998,14.4

  • Description

    Boy's shirt; made of silk; rectangle of white silk front and back and for sleeves; ends of sleeves folded inside and stitched; bottom of shirt hemmed; round neck opening with off-centre slit cut on right shoulder; black and white twisted cord sewn on for tying neck opening shut; black, orange and white geometric design embroidered around neck opening.

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  • Date

    • 1998 (September-October)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 64 centimetres
    • Width: 155 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Acquired from Ashgabat, Mary and Bayram-Ali Sunday bazaars while donor was conducting excavations at Merv in September-October 1998.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1998

  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number

    As1998,14.4


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