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The clamp-resist dyed pattern on the buff-coloured silk consists of interlocking rosettes, each with four petals and four leaves in blue and red, and repeats 3 cm in the warp direction and 3.5 cm in the weft direction. In the dyeing process of these textiles, two sets of patterned blocks were used, as described in the introduction of this section, however, some of the green leaves have been dyed twice, with painted yellow on dyed blue, just as the purplish brown areas have been dyed both scarlet and blue.
Four pieces of the same textiles are preserved, two in the British Museum, and two in V&A LOAN:STEIN.591 and 298.
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, 38 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, 38 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/1 plain weave.
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Length: 16.50 centimetres
Width: 9.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This fragment presents the same design of MAS.878.b.
- 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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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: Ch.00305 (Stein no.)