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Bust of a goddess, probably Persephone

Bust of a goddess, probably Persephone

Bust of a goddess, probably Persephone

Terracotta

H: 48; W: 79; D: 8.5 cm

Gift of Adam Katz, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

94.36.65

Archaeology/Classical Archaeology

In Magna Grecia and in Sicily, terracotta figurines representing the heads (or busts) of women were usually related to the cult of Persephone, in her dual role a goddess of fertility and the Underworld.