Smalt. 3rd century. Inv. No. E.1096.Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage MuseumPhoto by Sergey Sosnovskiy


Smalt. 3rd century.
Inv. No. E.1096.

Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
(Санкт-Петербург, Государственный Эрмитаж).

The boy above whose head there is a latin inscription “Junius” personified the month June for Romans. The still-life glorifies generous fertility of the summer and rich gifts of the sea. This is a part of a big composition of an original calendar with the allegorical images of all months, the ground, the sun and the moon.
© 2002 Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy.
Text: museum inscription to the mosaic.
Keywords: μωσαϊκό mosaic mosaics mosaica mosaici mosaik mosaïque ρώμη rome roman roma romano rom römisches romaine smalt season personification june still life calendar boy fertility fecundity gift of sea fish basket with flowers inv no e 1096