Oct 1, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Oct 1, 2020
Oct 1, 2020

Votive Plaque (Pinax) with Persephone Making her Bridal Bed

Votive Plaque (Pinax) with Persephone Making her Bridal Bed

c. 490–450 BC

Terracotta

Height: 17.1 cm (6 3/4 in.)

Private Collection 26.2020

Location

Did you know?

A rooster frequently appears with Persephone, perhaps because they share associations with fertility and transitions.

Description

Probably brightly painted when made, this relief plaque, or pinax (plural: pinakes), depicts the goddess Persephone (or Kore), daughter of the grain goddess, Demeter. Following her kidnapping by Hades, god of the Underworld, Persephone regularly returned to earth, dictating the seasons and making agriculture possible. Thus, she had many devotees, including at Locri Epizephirii, near the “toe” of Italy, where thousands of votive pinakes like this were made. Although many show her abduction, here the scene is tranquil, with Persephone holding a cloth above a bed or dresser.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Greek
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Plaque
Medium: 
Terracotta
Credit line: 
Private Collection

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