This square of silk would have been folded diagonally to form two triangular headpieces which would have been attached to the top of a banner. The almost identical images of the Buddha can then be seen on either side. When found, the headpiece had a purple silk border which had faded into brown. Judging from the diagonal, this would have been attached to a banner about seventy centimetres wide, larger than any of the banners that survive in the Stein Collection in the British Museum.The silk used for making this headpiece is figured with a phoenix motif. The palette used for colouring the Buddha images is limited and appears to have been sparingly applied. However, a yellow pigment used beneath the flesh tones of the face and torso of each Buddha was strong enough to have seeped through the back.