Yuezhi spearman on a textile from Tomb No. 1, Sampula (Khotan Prefecture, Xinjiang), after 120 BC.
An extract from Yuezhi on Bactrian embroidery from textiles found at Noyon Uul, Mongolia by Sergey A. Yatsenko.


In general, the Bactrian-Yuezhi embroideries found far from Bactria in northern Mongolia supplement our information both about the appearance of that ethnos (unfortunately only its male members), as well as concerning certain aspects of everyday life, religious traditions and their interactions with their neighbors (with the Xiongnu, Sogdians and Greeks of Transoxiana). The style of the embroideries and the correlation of the details of costume and hairdos (Yatsenko 2006, Fig. 121.29, 51) permit one as well to count as one of the more valuable depictions of Bactrian Yuezhi the piece of fabric with the figure of a soldier holding a spear found in Tomb No. 1 of the Sampula I necropolis in the ancient Kingdom of Khotan in Xinjiang (first century CE) (Ursprünge 2007, p. 213) [Fig. 7].
Fig. 7. Textile from Tomb No. 1, Sampula (Khotan Prefecture, Xinjiang).
Source: Yuezhi on Bactrian embroidery from textiles found at Noyon Uul, Mongolia by Sergey A. Yatsenko.

Ursprünge 2007
Ursprünge der Seidenstrasse. Sensationalle Neufunde aus Xinjiang, China. hrsg. von Alfried Wieczorek und Christoph Lind. Mannheim: Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen; Stuttgart: Konrad Theiss Verlag, 2007.

Yatsenko 2006
Sergey A. Yatsenko, Kostium drevnei Evrazii (iranoiazychnye narody) [The Costume of Ancient Eurasia (the Iranian–Speaking Peoples)]. Moscow: Vostochnaia literatura, 2006.



See also Khaltchayan Reception Hall, Yuezhi north Bactria, 50 BC-50 AD
Yuezhi embroidered on three pieces of a carpet, Noyon Uul, Mongolia, after 120 BC
Bactrian Embroidered fragment showing two Yuezhi riders, Noin Ula
Other Illustrations of Ancient Costume & Soldiers


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