GT1506

Large Greek Terracotta Figure of Demeter, Classical Period, ca. 5th century BC

Delicately molded sculpture of the Greek goddess Demeter. Shown seated on a chair with knees bent, broad shoulders, wearing typical headdress. Head leans slightly forward, accentuating the ovular face with a prominent narrow nose, graceful swan neck; eyes and lips gently lined. Custom mounted. 

Background: In ancient Greek Mythology, Demeter was the goddess of corn, grain, and the harvest. It was believed that Demeter made the crops grow each year; thus the first loaf of bread made from the annual harvest was offered to her. She was the goddess of the earth, of agriculture, and of fertility in general. Sacred to her are livestock and agricultural products, poppy, narcissus and the crane. 

Dimensions:  Height: 7.83 inches (19.9 cm) 

Condition:  Loss to base and sides that does not impact the main figure, in good condition overall

Provenance: From the Private collection of Claude and Jeannine Verite, Paris, France, 1950's, sold through Christies, Paris, December 2011.  With French export passport.

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