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Wooden Tag for Bag Containing Military Clothing

Tags: documents | Han dynasty

The writing on this tag has faded over time and is now indistinguishable to the naked eye. Its traces can only be made out under infra-red light. The tag explains that the attached bag(now lost) contains both private and official clothing for a frontier guardsman from Huai-yang. After these clothes were placed in the bag it was closed with a rope that also secured this tag. Clay was then placed in the tag's mould onto the rope and impressed with a seal.

Front Side Infrared photography

A8 Mu-durbeljin, Edsen-gol, Inner Mongolia. Length 17.9,top width 4.7,base width 9.6 cm.


Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
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