publication . Article . 2015

The ornamental trousers from Sampula (Xinjiang, China): their origins and biography

Mayke Wagner; Wang Bo; Pavel E. Tarasov; Sidsel Maria Westh-Hansen; Elisabeth Völling; Jonas Heller;
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  • Published: 02 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
<jats:p>A decorated pair of trousers excavated from a well-preserved tomb in the Tarim Basin proved to have a highly informative life history, teased out by the authors – with archaeological, historical and art historical dexterity. Probably created under Greek influence in a Bactrian palace, the textile started life in the third/second century BC as an ornamental wall hanging, showing a centaur blowing a war-trumpet and a nearly life-size warrior of the steppe with his spear. The palace was raided by nomads, one of whom worked a piece of the tapestry into a pair of trousers. They brought no great luck to the wearer who ended his days in a massacre by the Xiongn...
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free text keywords: Life history, Ancient history, History, Centaur, Tarim basin, China, Biography, Central asia, Macedonian, language.human_language, language, Spear, ddc:930
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