Greek Terracotta Bust of Persephone
An archaic ancient Greek terracotta fragmentary bust of the goddess Persephone with long braids falling dwon her breast and an acanthus palmette at her side.
Metapontium, Southern Italy.
Persephone (Proserpina, Kore) was the Queen of the Underworld. The goddess is invariably portrayed robed, often wearing a tall polos, carrying a sheaf of grain and smiling demurely with the "Archaic smile." Her story has great emotional power: an innocent maiden abducted and taken to the underworld by Hades, a mother's grief at the abduction, and the return of her daughter for half of the year when as Demeter, she is the harbinger of Spring.
Formerly in the van der Aa collection, Belgium, 1960's.