These two fragments were originally from the same piece of fabric, but were used in two different banner heads. They are made in samite (weft-faced compound twill) in green, white and brown on a red ground, with confronting ibexes standing on a tree pedestal inside pearl roundels 17.5 cm wide and 21 cm high. Two four-petalled florets further decorate the ibexes, and rosettes enclosing confronting birds fill the interstices. This fabric is in the typical ‘Sogdian style’ of the Tang dynasty. The pearl roundels are in the same style found on textiles from the late 7th century and the first half of the 8th century. A similar ibex motif decorates the textile with the Sogdian inscription zandaniji in the Huy Cathedral in Belgium. Weave structures: Inner warp: silk, Z twisted, tripled, brown, 36 ends/cm; Binding warp: silk, untwisted, single, brown, 12 ends/cm; Weft: silk, untwisted, red for the ground, green, white and brown for the pattern, 31 passes/cm. Weave structure: 1/2S weft faced compound twill.

An00008178 002 l


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Type of Thing
textile, ["幡", "Chinese"], banner, ["紡織品", "Chinese"]


Found, Excavated, Collected By
Stein, Marc Aurel


Found In
Qian Fo Dong


Acquired In
Tang dynasty

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