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Object Details
Medium: Yellow glass; mold-blown 
Dimensions: 19 x 9.4 cm (7 1/2 x 3 11/16 in.) Diameter of foot: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.) 
Geog. Data:  
Period: Roman 
Culture Eastern Mediterranean, Roman 
Seasons Beaker
1st century A.D.
Artist: Unknown
Hobart and Edward Small Moore Memorial Collection, Bequest of Mrs. William H. Moore
This tall glass drinking cup was manufactured using the mold-blowing technique, in which a glassmaker partially inflated a gob of glass before closing a multi-part mold around it. The great advantage of the mold-blowing technique was its efficiency, which rested in the simultaneous creation of shape of the vessel and the decoration of its surface with a duplicate in relief of whatever design was carved into the mold. In this case, the subjects of the decoration are alternating representations of deities (Poseidon and Dionysos) and personified Seasons (probably Autumn and Summer). Each of the four figures is shown standing on a pedestal within a niche framed by Ionic columns and hanging garlands. 
This object is on view at the gallery.
Susan B. Matheson, Ancient Glass in the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1980), 56–59, no. 137, ill.
Handbook of the Collections (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 268, ill.
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