Hades & Persephone Statue (Pluto & Proserpina)
13.5 inches tall
White marble resin
The myth of the abduction of Persephone by Hades is well renowned. Persephone was the Daughter of Demeter and Zeus. Her name Kore (Greek for "the girl") was often used to stress her relation to her mother, the grain-goddess Demeter. To the Romans she was known as Proserpina. Hades (Roman Pluto) was the son of Chronos and Rhea and was known as The Lord of the Dead, for he ruled the Underworld and all of its inhabitants. He was a co-ruler of the world along with Poseidon who ruled the oceans and Zeus who ruled the sky.
One day while Persephone was picking flowers in a meadow Hades abducted her and stole her away to the Underworld. Demeter soon discovered that her daughter was missing and went on a frantic search for her. When she could not find her, she withdrew her powers of fertility from the earth, which caused all of the plants to stop growing. The people of the world began to starve, so Zeus soon intervened. Demeter would not listen to his messages, so Zeus sent Hermes to the Underworld to ask that Hades release Persephone. Hades agreed to release Persephone, but before doing so he tricked Persephone into eating some Pomegranate seeds which caused her to not be able to leave the Underworld ever again. A compromise was then struck so that Persephone would spend half of the year in the Underworld with her new husband Hades, and the other half with her mother Demeter. This compromise of Persephone is sometimes used as an explanation for the changing of the seasons and the growing and dying of plants. She is both the new-born plants breaking through the earth in Springtime, and Queen of the Dead in the underworld during Winter.
Also included in this amazing statue is the three-headed dog Cerberus, the guardian of the gates of the Underworld, known as 'the dog of Hades'.
High quality white marble resin statue. 13.5 inches tall, 5.25 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep.