Greek, Hellenistic Terracotta Statuette Of Goddess Kore
C. 5th-6th century BC
A nice terracotta statuette of the goddess Kore, standing on an integral cubic plinth and wearing a himation. She has broad shoulders and centrally-parted bangs with an elegant coiffure that drapes to her shoulders.
Kore, goddess of spring’s bounty and queen of the underworld and wife of Hades, god of the dead. Kore was captured by Hades and carried off to the underworld to be his bride. Demeter; her mother despaired at her disappearance and searched throughout the world for her; accompanied by the goddess Hekate bearing torches. Demeter was furious to learn that Zeus had conspired in her daughter’s abduction and refused to let the earth fruit until Kore was returned. Zeus consented; although as the goddess Kore had tasted the food of Hades; she was forced to forever spend a part of the year with her husband in the underworld.
Intact with small chip to head and base with good detail and some light earthy surface deposits.
Provenance; Ex West London Gentleman. Ex Swiss Collection from 1990’s. Complete with old collection photo.
Size: 185mm height