G106 Greek Demeter and Persephone hydria £4200

 


A red figure pottery hydria depicting the goddess Demeter seated and receiving her daughter Persephone holding torches on her return from Hades. On either side of the mother and daughter are two female musicians playing an aulos and a drum.

The myth of Persephone's return to her mother from the Underworld was central to the Eleusinian Mysteries, celebrated every year and connected with the initiation of Athenian women as well as agrarian fertility.

Greek, Athens, 4th Century BC

The handles, rim and foot have been repaired with small patches of infill, the main body of the vase is intact

Size: 28 x 17 cms including handles

Ex. private collection, Sussex, UK; acquired before 1956.