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A band fragment woven with wool. Yellow, brown and red colours of warps are arranged alternately, forming wide brown and yellow strips, and red lines. The pattern is clear because of the warp-faced plain weave. Similar but more complete bands were excavated from the tomb 3 at Niya site in 1995, and even more found in Shanpula tombs in Xinjiang.
Warp: wool, Z twisted, single, yellow, red and brown arranged alternately, 8 ends/cm; Weft: wool, Z twisted, yellow, single, 20 lats/cm. Weave structure: warp-faced 1/1 plain weave.
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Length: 18 centimetres (fragment a)
Length: 6.50 centimetres (fragment b)
Width: 15.50 centimetres (fagment a)
Width: 5.50 centimetres (fragment b)
- Curator's comments
- This record is being updated as part of the Stein Project in the Department of Asia.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- 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 Laurence 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 Laurence 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.
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Miscellaneous number: ? (Stein no. (incorrect))