Figure depicting 'The Return of Persephone'
- Object Number: STKMG:2005.C.77
- Simple Name: figure
- Production Person: Vyse, Charles (designer)
- Production Place: Burslem
- Production Place: Staffordshire
- Production Place: England
- Creation, production or manufacture details: moulded
- Production Period:
- Production Organisation: Royal Doulton (factory)
- Summary: Figure depicting 'The Return of Persephone'. Painted in muted shades of blue-grey and yellow-green. The group depicts Persephone returning to her mother, Demeter. Modelled by Charles Vyse, c1913. Ex Royal Doulton Museum Collection.
- Terms:101 Ceramic Highlights
- Additional Notes: In Greek mythology, Persephone, the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was carried off by Pluto to become Queen of Hades. The grief of her mother, Demeter, drove Zeus to allow Persephone to return on the conditions she had eaten nothing whilst in Hades. However, Persephone had consumed some pomegranate seeds. As a result Persephone was permitted to return in spring but had to return to Hades in winter. This is clearly symbolic of the life and death cycle of the seasons. In ?The Return of Persephone? we see Persephone returning to her mother?s embrace in the spring.
- Contact: Potteries Museum and Art Gallery