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Two rectangular fragments form the same textile with the geometric pattern of rectangles and S-shaped waves: blue for the ground, yellow for the pattern. The rectangles are formed by repeating the first step of S-shaped waves patterning program.
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, blue for the ground, yellow for the pattern, 52 groups/cm; Inner weft: silk, untwisted, single, golden yellow, 14 lats/cm; Binding weft: silk, untwisted, single, golden yellow, 14 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/1 warp faced compound plain weave.
經線：絲，無撚，單根排列，藍色作地，黃色顯花，52組/cm；緯線：明緯，絲， 無撚，單根排列，金黃色，14根/cm；夾緯，絲， 無撚，單根排列，金黃色，14根/cm；組織：1/1平紋經重組織。
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Height: 6.50 centimetres
Width: 3.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This fragment is cut out from the same textile of MAS. 793.b.
"T.XV.a.002.a. Two pieces of figured silk with pattern in rich yellow on blue ground. A double row of rectangular billets, space between billets in each row bring about twice the width of billet itself, and billets of one row occuring opposite space in row above, alternate with rows of thin angular meanders variously grouped in one, two and four parallel bands with two small spots in each hollow. Part of band of skeleton billets occurs composed of elongated octagons in outline, each enclosing two parallel lines lying in direction of length of octagon. [Note: This type appears also among silk fabrics from L.C. site, Lou-lan, excavated 1914.] Larger piece 1 7/8 inch x 1 inch. Pl. LV." [Stein, Serindia (1921), p.781]
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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: T.XV.a.002 (Stein no. (incorrect))
Miscellaneous number: T.XV.a.002.a (Stein no. (correct))