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.