An Offering to the Goddess


This terracotta figure from Siracusa’s archaeological museum is one of hundreds of examples of statuettes found around the island of Ortigia that is attributed to the cult of Demeter and Kore (Persephone). I find this divine figure especially interesting because more recent images of Santa Lucia, the patron saint of Siracusa who is celebrated in December, resembles this one (More on Santa Lucia in days ahead.). This statuette wears a crown, holds in her left hand a torch and in her right hand an offering to the goddesses–a piglet held by its rear legs. This one stands  with her weight distributed on her right leg with her left leg relaxed. It’s from the 4th century BC. 

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  1. Both of them look pregnant. Which would make sense.

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