Eirene with Ploutos
The relief represents a young woman holding a child and a cornucopia. We do not know who she is, but her attributes connect her to fertility and abundance. The type is a distant reference to a famous Greek statue (ca. 370 BC), which represented Peace (Eirene) holding her child Wealth (Plutos). The creator of that statue was Kephisodotos, whom ancient tradition regarded – alongside Timotheos – as one of the greatest sculptors of the early 4th century BC.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the relief was made of Luna (Carrara) marble. Click here for the detailed results.