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Terracotta pomegranate

Period:
Classical
Date:
5th–4th century B.C.
Culture:
Greek
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Diam.: 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1924
Accession Number:
24.97.110
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 171
Throughout Greek art and the Greek world, the pomegranate has been associated with funerary beliefs and ritual. The mythological expression of its connotations is clearest in the story of Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demeter, who is fated to spend half of each year in the Underworld after eating seeds of the pomegranate.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1928. "Recent Accessions of the Classical Department." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 23 (3): p. 82.

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