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A superb Ancient Greek, Corinthinan terracotta "Dove of Demeter" votive statuette. SOLD
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c.6th/5th Century B.C. A superb Ancient Greek, Corinthinan terracotta "Dove of Demeter" votive statuette. Excavated in Corinth in the mid-20th Century and from an old Norfolk collection. This lovely solid terracotta figurine is associated with the Ancient Greek Goddess, Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest who presided over Grains and the fertility of the Earth. She was often depicted holding a Turtle Dove in her hand and this symbol became a sacred symbol representing Demeter and synonymous with her worship; it would have once been placed in a household shrine in the hope that Demeter would grant a favourable harvest. This figurine was originally painted white and a fair proprtion of this pigment still remains. The figure still exhibits clear details of the wing and tail feathers and is totally intact with just a few areas of minor surface rubbing or slight surface accretion from its time buried in the Earth. An excellent and appealing Greek statuette, 98mm from tail to beak, stands 78mm tall and 34mm at widest.


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