Archaic Greek Terracotta Persephone
An ancient archaic Greek terracotta head of the goddess Persephone. The goddess wears a polos with braids of hair below, her lips pursed in an 'Archaic smile.'
Ca. 6th century BC.
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 a Bavarian private collection.