- Erastus Dow Palmer (American, Pompey, New York 1817–1904 Albany, New York)
- 1849–50; carved 1853
- 14 1/2 x 10 x 6 in. (36.8 x 25.4 x 15.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Purchase, Gift of William Nelson and Gift of Misses Alice and Evelyn Blight and Mrs. W. P. Thompson, by exchange, 1997
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"Infant Ceres" was the first sculpture in the round that Palmer modeled after turning away from his work as a cameo cutter. It is based on one of his children, logically, his two-year-old daughter Fanny, who was born in 1848. She is presented in the guise of the infant Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture and abundance. The hair, decorated with a thin fillet, is pulled back and adorned with blossoms. Sheaves of wheat, Ceres’s identifying attribute, encircle the figure and are tied in front.