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Terracotta fragment of a votive relief

Period:
Classical
Date:
ca. 470–460 B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Locrian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
Classification:
Terracottas
Credit Line:
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.281.60
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 156
Hades abducting Persephone

When Hades, the god of the underworld, carried Persephone to his kingdom of the dead, Demeter, her mother, brought all growth on earth to a standstill until Persephone was allowed to return to the earth for part of each year. Since antiquity, this myth has been understood as an allegory for the seasonal cycle of vegetation.
Muscarella, Oscar White. 1974. Ancient Art: The Norbert Schimmel Collection no. 44 bis, Mainz am Rhein: Verlag Philipp von Zabern.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1992. "Ancient Art: Gifts from The Norbert Schimmel Collection." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 49(4): p. 61, fig. 63.

Milleker, Elizabeth J. 1993. "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1992-1993." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 51(2): p. 61.

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