Seller: hix.antiquitatis (698) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 272330876499 Archaic Greek Terracotta Persephone An archaic ancient Greek terracotta protome of the goddess Persephone. The goddess wears a veil, her lips pursed in an 'Archaic smile.' Ca. 6th century BC. Height: 4 1/4 in. (10.5 cm). Intact. Persephone (Proserpina, Kore) was the Queen of the Underworld. The goddess is invariably portrayed robed, often wearing a tall polos, carrying a sheaf of grain and smiling demurely with the "Archaic smile." Her story has great emotional power: an innocent maiden abducted and taken to the underworld by Hades, a mother's grief at the abduction, and the return of her daughter for half of the year when as Demeter, she is the harbinger of Spring. Formerly in an English private collection. #4180 GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC AND AS DESCRIBED HIXENBAUGH ANCIENT ART, NEW YORK Member: Appraisers Association of America (AAA) Art and Antique Dealers League of America (AADLA) Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art (CINOA) See our 'about me' page for our credentials and expertise. All antiquities we handle are authentic and legally acquired. Every piece is accompanied by a complete description with photo and signed guarantee of authenticity. See our web site for more examples of fine ancient art.