Known as Kore in Greek mythology and as Proserpina to the Romans, Kore was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus, and, she is the goddess of fertility and death.
As with many ancient Greek tales, the story of Kore is a sad one. Whilst out picking flowers in a meadow one day She was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld, and as a young girl She was forced to become his wife, making her queen of the underworld and the goddess of death. Her mother Demeter was frantic with worry and searched the entire earth for Her beloved daughter, eventually learning of Her fate from Helios (or Hermes).
In an bid to force Zeus to demand the return of Kore, Demeter created a drought that claimed the lives of many victims. As the death toll rose Zeus finally sent Helios to convince Hades to release Kore. Not wising to loose his beautiful young bride Hades convinced Kore to eat the seed of a pomegranate, knowing that the enchanted fruit would compel Kore to return to him.
This enraged the other Gods and eventually a compromise was reached, Kore would spend one third of the year with Hades and two thirds with her mother, and it is this division that creates the seasons. Whilst Kore is with Hades the cold Winter winds rage, on Her return to Her mother the flowers of Spring bloom, which is why she is attributed as being a goddess of fertility.
White Earthenware or Pipe clay
Approx. 250 mm tall, 65mm base diameter
This replica has been hand made in Northumberland by Potted History, based on an original artefact. It has been fired to a temperature of between 8000 & 1000 Centigrade, to emulate the same techniques that the original potters would have employed nearly two thousand years ago. This process often results in variations of the surface colour and texture, as is common with the original Greek Pottery and giving each piece it's unique character.
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