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The Tomb of the Prince
The Tomb of Persophone
The Tomb with Tetrastyle Prostyle Facade
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'The Abduction of the Persephone'
Detail from the wall-painting depicting the abduction of Persephone by Pluto, mid-4th century BC, Vergina, Tomb of Persephone.

Persephone
The head of Persephone from the wall-painting showing her abduction, mid-4th century BC, Vergina, Tomb of Persephone.

Pluto
The head of Pluto from the fresco of 'The Abduction of Persephone', mid-4th century BC, Vergina, Tomb of Persephone.

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'The Abduction of the Persephone'


Persephone


Pluto

This plundered cist tomb,built of limestone and situated at the edge of the Great Tumulus next to the 'heroon', was named Tomb of Persephone because of its painted ornamentation. Prominent among figures of the Fates and of Demeter seated on the "mirthless rock" is a depiction of the abduction of Persephone by the god of the underworld, Pluto.

The artistry of execution, strength of conception and restraint of colouring all denote an artist of great talent (perhaps Nikomachos) of the mid-4th century BC; this dating is supported by the sherds of pottery found in the interior of the tomb.

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