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Broom made of interwoven stalks of grass laid side by side and then bound with a twisted stalk of grass. For a full description of the method of construction see Curatorial Comment below.
- Production date
- 6thC-7thC (circa)
Height: 38 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Stein (1907, 294) remarks: "Constructed as follows: Head of suitable grass, having stalks about 16" long, are laid side by side with heads level. About 4" of the lower end of each stalk is then bent at right angles to the other portion and plaited round the next two right angle pieces in succession, the remaining end being then bent upwards to prevent slipping. When a continous strip of about 25" is thus formed (the upper parts being, of course, unjoined) it is rolled up tightly, and bound round with twisted grass to prevent unwinding. Thus, the feathery end being brought into a bunch, form a convenient birch-like brush or broom."
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- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The 1907-11-11 group refers to objects from Stein's First Central Asian Expedition, 1900-01. According to Stein's Introduction to 'Ancient Khotan' (1907), the expedition was funded by the Governments of India, the Panjab (Punjab) and from provincial funds of Bengal. All the finds were shipped to London for sorting, research and publication. The Government of India then recommended that Dr Rudolf Hoernle, together with the British Museum, should determine the distribution of the finds (BM Archives, Stein Papers, CE32/23/5).
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: D.II.011 (Stein no.)