Fantasy Beasts samitum

This silk samitum shows a series of 3 fantasy beasts, a begasus, a senmurv and and elephant/lion? Each beast is encircled in a roundel with circles within the rounel. The areal between the roundels contains a beautiful floral and heart design, which is difficult to accurately describe.

Weave Structure: 

Time Period: 

11th C AD

Culture/Region: 

Source: 

Two Thousand Years of Textiles; The Figured Textiles of Europe and the Near East

Museum: 

Copper Union Museum