Byzantine Samitum

Submitted by Jahanara on Sun, 08/01/2021 - 07:34
Time Period
9th C AD
Weave Structure

This samitum cloth dated to the 9th Century is Byzantine. It is one repeat of a large design that likely covered the entire cloth. The repeat of the design measured 75 cm by 725 cm (34” by 329.5”). The design is that of human figures over three horses and enclosed in a roundel  with heart shaped lotus blossoms. The design is woven in yellow on a blue ground.