The Stein Collection

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Unknown
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bibliography
Wilson, Verity. 'Early Textiles from Central Asia: Approaches to Study with reference to the Stein Loan Collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London', Textile History 26 (1) . Devon: David & Charles/Pasold Research Fund Ltd, 1995, pp.23-52. ill. Ryder, Michael. 'Ancient fibres from the Silk Route in Central Asia', Textiles Magazine. Manchester: Textile Institute, no 3, 1999. Stein, Aurel, Serindia: Detailed Report of Exploration in Central Asia and Westernmost China Carried Out and Described Under the Orders of H.M Indian Government , 5 vols (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1921), vol. III, p. 1294.
collection_code
EAS
credit
Stein Textile Loan Collection. On loan from the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India. Copyright: Government of India.
date_end
1000-12-31
date_start
0400-01-01
date_text
400-1000 (made)
descriptive_line
Shoe upper of quilted wool felt
dimensions
Length: 29.2 cm, Height: 11.6 cm
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historical_context_note
The fort of Mazartagh lies in the western half of Taklamakan Desert, north of Khotan. Among the ruins, Stein found huge numbers of Tibetan documents on wood and paper devoted to military and administrative matters. Many of these dated from the eight century AD, when Tibetan armies conquered the region and occupied the fort. He also found string sandals, shoes made of felt, remnants of wool clothing and nets for fishing. Similar utilitarian textiles had appeared at the Dunhuang Limes, Miran Fort and other military sites. The V&A holds, on loan, several textile fragments from Mazartagh, including woven cotton, hemp string, netting, quilted wool and pieces of shoes.
historical_significance
history_note
Michael Ryder has identified the quilting stitches as from semi-fine sheep.
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13414
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2014-08-29T20:10:41.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T20:10:41.000Z
latitude
42.184158
location
In Storage
longitude
84.964111
marks
materials
plant fibre, wool
materials_techniques
Felted and quilted wool with plant fibre string
museum_number
LOAN:STEIN.627
museum_number_token
loanstein627
object_number
O88584
object_type
Shoe upper
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physical_description
One ankle shoe upper made of quilted buff coloured wool felt. Sole is missing. Quilt stitching in scalloped design and bottom edge much thicker felted with remains of string of unknown plant fibre.
place
Mazartagh
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public_access_description
This quilted felt upper from an ankle shoe was recovered from the fort site of Mazartagh which dates from the 5th to the 11th century AD. The site is also part of an area of Central Asia we now call the Silk Road, a series of overland trade routes that crossed Asia from China to Europe. The most notable item traded was silk. Camels and horses were used as pack animals and merchants passed the goods from oasis to oasis. The Silk Road was also important for the exchange of ideas. Whilst silk textiles travelled west from China, Buddhism entered China from India in this way. This textile was brought back from Central Asia by the explorer and archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943). The V&A has around 650 ancient and medieval textiles recovered from the Silk Road by Stein at the beginning of the 20th century. Some are silk while others are made from the wool of a variety of different animals.
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2
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the-stein-collection-shoe-upper-unknown
sys_updated
2014-07-31T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
felting, quilting
title
The Stein Collection
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year_end
1000
year_start
400