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LOT 0576

Estimate
GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 700 - 930
USD ($) 740 - 980

Price
£540 (EUR 630; USD 663) (+bp*)

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GREEK TERRACOTTA POMEGRANATE
6TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.
3 in. (4 1/2 in.) (102 grams, 74 mm (217 grams total, 11.5 cm high including stand)).

A hollow terracotta pomegranate with one segmented side; pierced at either end for suspension; small patches of pink-red paint remain; accompanied by a custom-made display stand.

PROVENANCE:
German art market, 1990.
Ex Gilbert collection, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

FOOTNOTES:
Such objects were deposited as grave goods in ancient Greece. The pomegranate in this context is symbolic of Persephone, daughter of the goddess Demeter, who was abducted and tricked by Hades into eating pomegranate seeds, condemning her to spend part of the year in the Underworld as his wife and the rest among the living with her mother.

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