Roman dining couch

Roman dining couch (Accepted)

Roman dining couch (Accepted)

The Roman dining couch, or lectus, was a piece of furniture used in ancient Rome:  diners would recline on the couches for meals in the triclinium, the dining room designed for that purpose.  The practice was revived in Renaissance Italy:  Paolo Farinato’s “Christ and two Apostles”, late-16th C., shows the subjects eating while reclining on these couches.

As an heraldic charge, the Roman dining couch appears to be unique to Society armory.  Its raised back (the “head”) is to dexter by Society default.  See also cradle.

Gaius Curtius Primus bears:  Per bend sinister argent and sable, a maple leaf inverted sable and a Roman dining couch reversed Or.

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