A Bust of Persephone

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Clay busts of Kore/Persephone, such as this one pictured from the archaeological museum in Aidone (Enna Province), have been found throughout Sicily, proving the significance of the goddess and her story. In the 5th century to the 3rd century B.C., for example, women devotees prayed to Kore for healthful fertility and protection during various stages of their lives. Kore was often represented adorned with flowers, earrings, and jewelry. Her dress was regularly colored rose, and in some cases, the fabric was decorated with scenes from the myth of Demeter and Kore, or a woman preparing for her wedding ceremony.

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