"Vague information received by me in Ch arktilik in January 1914 pointed to the discovery by Lop hunters of a site also designated as Merdek-shahr somewhere near the lower Tarim since my first visit in 1906. The description given of objects which were said to have been brought from there and sold to Mr. Tachibana suggested the survival of structural remains. I therefore regretted that want of time before I moved into the Lop desert prevented me from making a search for the alleged site."
A third possibility remains : that the collection of Lop-nor antiquities in Seul was brought thither by some other Japanese expedition unknown to me. But especially STEIN'S information makes it most likely that these are the objects acquired by Mr. TACHIBANA from the region of Merdek-shahr.
Other of the objects depicted in the Korean catalogue must originate from other places than "ÖRDEK's necropolis" and not necessarily from the Lop desert. The most valuable among them is the pair of shoes on Pl. 80. It is a great pity that nothing is said about these wonderful shoes. Information about their proper place of origin would be most valuable. Their elaborate shape with wide, turned-up, ornamental toes is typically Chinese and may be seen on many terra-cotta statuettes of the Sui and T'ang dynasties (e. g. Sirén, Vol. 3 Pl. 35). They were apparently highly fashionable during this time.
Highly interesting as these finds in the. Seul Museum are, I must restrict myself to these notes until I get access to the original Japanese publications, where I hope to find them fully described.
LIST OF ANTIQUITIES FROM CEMETERY 5
Grave 5 A. fabric, 5.2 at end. At the upper edge (= beginning
of weave) loops of warps are inserted in each
5. A: 1. Head-dress of thick white felt, with other. The selvages are strengthened by a thick
two woollen strings for tying under cord edge made of groups of wefts alternately in-the chin. On the left side a group of five inserted tertwined. Br. 1.6 cm. Th. i cm. L. of winding 1.2 pegs, each with a feather tassel at the top. The cm.
pegs held in position by a transverse peg wound Size excl. fringe 2.1x1.55 m. L. of fringe about round with sinew fibres. In the middle of the rear 14.6 cm. Dist. between fringe ends 1.2-2.8 cm.
edge a short string is inserted and knotted. H. 25 5 A:3. Loin-cloth, band-shaped, braided of
cm. Pl. 10:2. same material as —:2, forming a
5. A: 2. Mantle of coarse, undyed, chiefly yel- fringe at both ends. Among four of the furthest
lowish-white wool, in plain weave. strands at one edge of the loin-cloth, two and two Along the lower edge a thin fringe, every three are twisted into a cord with a knot. Towards the pairs of warps gathered in groups and firmly in- middle of the fringes two adjoining links are tied terlaced to the edge of the fabric and twisted to- together. Around one of these and several others ;ether into the fringe, the ends finished with a is tied a red woollen thread. L. excl. fringe 85 cm.
loop. L. of fringe about 44 cm. W. about 5 cm. PI. 11 : 3.
About io cm from the fringed side four shoots of 5. A : 4. Bracelet of doubled cord of same mat-
weft of red wool, inwards from selvages, at one erial as —: 2, held together of a round
edge 17.5 cm, at the other 16 cm. Warp of partly flattened bead of yellowish opal. The ends, with yellowish-white, partly greyish-brown yarn, 50 tassels, have been knotted together. Full L. 32.7 threads to 10 cm. Weft white, 85 threads to io cm ; cm. L. of cord 27.3 cm. Tassels 8.2 and 9 cm. Th. double shoots of weft at 5.4 cm. at beginning of 7 mm. Pl. 9: 12.