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A wool woven fragment. On a ground, mainly formed by dark blue, but partly blue and yellow alternately, the rose red is used for the geometrical pattern, which has a repeat of about 22cm in the warp direction. The unusual weave is double warp-faced weave woven by hand without a loom. There is a selvage left showing the direction of warp. This fragment was excavated from the ruins at Miran, so that it was probably made by the Tibetan weaver, and could be considered as an imitation of Tang style jin silk or samite.
Warp: wool, S-2Z, single, mainly dark blue, blue/yellow, for one side, and rose red for the other side, 26 front ends/cm and 26 back ends/cm, proportion: one front warp to one back warp, among the front warps, one dark blue to either blue or yellow alternately; Weft: wool, Z twisted, yellow, paired, 8 pairs/cm. Weave structure: double-faced weave, in 3/1 broken twill.
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Length: 28 centimetres
Width: 8 centimetres
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- 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))