Terracotta fragment of a votive relief

Greek, South Italian, Locrian

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.

Terracotta fragment of a votive relief, Terracotta, Greek, South Italian, Locrian

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