219x153 (above 150) x20,5 cm
early 20th century
Demeter stands on the left in a long, thick robe (peplos), with her hair down. She may have held a metal ear of grain in her right hand, and there is a sceptre in her left hand. A naked hero in sandals, perhaps Triptolemos, faces her. With one hand, he gathers the edge of his mantle, thrown over the right shoulder, and accepts the present of the goddess with the other. Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, stands behind him in chiton and mantle. She holds a torch in one hand, and touches the head of the youth supportively with the other. The relief may represent an important Eleusinian myth: the goddesses send Triptolemos to teach humanity the art of agriculture.