Gladiator samitum

This samitum measure 37.25" by 16". It is a large iece of samitum depicting a gladiator in action. The design used red, white, yellow, blue and green silks. The design is well detailed of a Roman gladiator, which has been stated to be Samson, David and/or Hercules. The design also includeed a lion and a landscape. The design is repeated 4 times across the cloth, the figures alternate direction across the cloth.

Weave Structure: 

Time Period: 

6th C AD
7th C AD

Source: 

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

Weft: 

silk

Museum: 

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Museum Number: 

34.1