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The Resurrection of Persephone (Gladioli and White Birch) {sold}

height 23"  approx. cir. 30"  Mid-fire clay  underglaze  glaze  No Longer Available


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Persephone was the exceptionally beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She was abducted and raped by Hades. The grief stricken Demeter searched the earth for her lost daughter Persephone. A compromise was reached between Hades and Demeter when the mother threatened to destroy all mankind if she could not see her daughter again. They agreed that Persephone would spend half the year with her new husband Hades and the other half with her mother.

Symbolism: Sculpted as a hollow white birch. A symbol of rebirth. Gladiola emerging from its base symbolize female strength and character. The marriage of these components tell the life cycle of the underground storage of the gladiolus, resurrecting through the dying white birch. Triumph over abduction, an abduction from circumstance or fate. Told thousands of years ago in mythology and still today.