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These two rectangular fragments once formed the bottom streamers for a Buddhist banner. They are made of blue damask on plain weave with the edges rolled and stitched with blue silk thread. The pattern comprises a five-petalled flower between two symmetrically arranged leaves, repeated upside down so that the whole forms an elliptical motif, 3.7 cm wide and 2.6 cm high. The twined floral pattern and motifs on non-patterned ground both became popular in the late Tang period. These streamers therefore date from the late Tang and the Five Dynasties.
Warp: silk, untwisted, single, blue, 52 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, single, blue, 46 lats/cm. Weave structure: 1/5Z irregular twill woven with 2-4 patterning weave on 1/1 plain weave foundation weave.
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Length: 43.50 centimetres
Width: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This fragment is cut out from the same textile of MAS 899.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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Miscellaneous number: Ch.00343 (Stein no.)