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Hades and Persephone, Painted Throne, Macedonia Province of Greece, c. 340 BCE

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This painting decorated the back of a throne which was found inside the Tomb of Eurydice in Macedonia, Greece. The painting emphasizes Hades and Persephone's royalty - notice Persephone's scepter - in a fitting decoration for a throne. Notice that Hades has dark skin.The painter might be trying to highlight male vs. female characterisitics by the difference in skin color.

Unlike the wall painting of Hades' abduction of Persephone, where Hades' violence and Persephone's anguish is portrayed, this painting represents both figures firmly established in their role as rulers of the underworld.


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