Persephone's Return from the Underworld (Sold)
Persephone is the goddess of the underworld in Greek mythology. She is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter, goddess of the harvest. One day, when Persephone was collecting flowers on the plain of Enna, the earth suddenly opened and Hades (God of the Underworld),rose up from the gap and abducted her. None but Zeus,and the all-seeing sun, Helios, had noticed it. Broken-hearted, Demeter wandered the earth, looking for her daughter until Helios revealed what had happened. Demeter was so angry that she withdrew herself in loneliness, and the earth ceased to be fertile. Knowing this could not continue much longer, Zeus sent Hermes down to Hades to make him release Persephone. Hades grudgingly agreed,but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate. When she later ate of it, it bound her to the underworld forever and she had to stay there one-third of the year. While Persephone resided in Hades, Demeter refused to let anything growand Winter began. On Persephone’s return Demeter allowed the earth to flourish with colour and vegetation, marking the beginning of Spring.