June 2021

Mosaic with the personification of Summer

Ψηφιδωτό με απεικόνιση του Θέρους ©ΥΠΠΟΑ-ΑΜΘ

Part of a floor mosaic (inv. number ΜΘ 6727), depicting a figure portrayed at half-length (bust) with face turned slightly aside to the left shoulder, against a light-coloured background. This is the personification of the summer season, with long brown hair and a garment that leaves the right side of the breast uncovered. Behind the head and right shoulder is a sheaf of wheat. The mosaic is worked in stone tiles in their natural colours. Intense golden brown shades predominate, thus emphasizing the connection with the specific time of year.

This mosaic, along with four more that depict the personified forms of Winter, Spring (or Autumn), the Ocean and the Sea adorned the floor of a roman house, probably within the city of Thessaloniki. They were uncovered and detached during an excavation carried out in the 1930s.

The mosaics date to the end of the 3rd century AD. This date is mainly based on stylistic criteria, such as, as: imperfections in design and perspective, linearity in the rendering of the details, pronounced stylization in the drapery, lack of skill in colour shading.

This mosaic is kept in the storerooms of AMTH, along with the depictions of the Ocean and the Sea. In the permanent exhibition "Thessaloniki, Metropolis of Macedonia" you can see the mosaics of Winter and Spring/Autumn.