Pegasus Samite

Pegasus Samite

Two pieces of samitumThis textile is comprised of 2 pieces of a samite medallion. The motif is a huntsmen with a bow in a scene with a lion or tiger at his horse’s hooves. The scene would have been enclosed in a roundel, as was the style in this time period. This roundel seems to have been comprised of floral motifs. These scenes were quite common in textiles of this era and depict the struggle between good and evil, which plays a central role in the Zoroastrian faith. Samitum was commonly woven in Persia. This piece measures 6.5” x 6”.This samitum is woven in a right hand twill.Similar items 2185-1900, 2185A-1900, 2186-1900, 292-1889, and 817-1903 

Culture: 
Byzantine
Egyptian
Museum Rereference Number: 
2185B-1900