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Published: January 20, 2016
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 Driving down to the southern reaches of Maryland last summer just for the sake of exploration, I passed by this seemingly-out-of-place statue in Mechanicsville. It's in front of a hovel that seems to want to be an antique store, but this piece unfortunately doesn't appear to be for sale. Not sure how a statue that was likely originally displayed as part of a memorial or adorning a private estate ended up out on the lawn, and the locals were not forthcoming. Based on the statue's accessories I am going to assume that this Demeter, despite there being no identifying sign attached to it.

No identity of the subject. Origin unknown. History unknown. This is why we need informative plaques, people.
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tmulcahyEdited |Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic statue. If I lived in Baltimore, I'd drive down to see about buying it. I actually met someone named Demeter once; had no idea who the Greek Demeter was before that. Demeter's titles include Sito, "she of the Grain", as the giver of food or and or grain, and Thesmophoros, "Law-Bringer," as a mark of the civilized existence of agricultural society. According to Greek lore, Demeter's daughter Persephone was abducted to the underworld by Hades. Demeter searched for her, and while she was absent the seasons halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die.

Zeus, faced with the possibility of the extinction of all life on Earth, sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Persephone back. Hades agreed to release her if she had eaten nothing while in his realm; but Persephone had eaten a small number of pomegranate seeds. This bound her to Hades and the underworld for certain months of every year, which corresponded with the unfruitful seasons of the calendar, and her return to the upper world with springtime. However, the story of the capture of Persephone predates the founding of Greece. In some versions of the myth, Demeter is captured by Hades; on her fruitful return to Earth, she becomes Persephone.
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RonTheTurtleman's avatar
Some drug addict pushing a rusty shopping cart is going to come around and haul her off.
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Lugia20711|Hobbyist Writer
The East Coast has some of the best antique stores. I can't say I like that statue.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin's avatar
Neat shot, and I love your adding story to the great composition.
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