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Bronze Statue of Woman with Torch and Turtle-Dove, Likely Greek Goddess Demeter
This is a patinated bronze statue of a woman adorned in a flowing Grecian style gown. Her hair is up with flowers running through it. In her left hand she holds a torch and in her right, a turtle-dove sitting on its nest. This bronze is finely detailed down to the eyelids and toenails and even the feathers of the bird. Although we are not certain, this could be a statue of Demeter the Olympian goddess of agriculture. Her usual attributes in classical art were sheafs of grain, crown, and septre. However, she is also associated with a torch as she carried a pair of flaming torches in search for her daughter, Persephone. In addition to the torch, the turtle-dove is said to be sacred to Demeter as well as Aphrodite. The statue is unmarked and measures approximately 21.5" tall with a square base of 6.5". It is in excellent condition as there is no damage of any kind, however, the torch is a bit askew. It is not known if this was intentional by the artist, or if it may have gotten a bump during it's lifetime.
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