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Traditional Greek Thracian folk costume from Makra Gefyra displayed in the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.

Traditional Bulgarian Thracian folk costume from Makra Gefyra displayed in the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece.

NORTH ITALIAN, MID 14TH CENTURY, A POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF THE SEATED VIRGIN,GUILDING AND PAINTING TRACES. | © 2013 Sotheby’s

NORTH ITALIAN, MID 14TH CENTURY, A POLYCHROME WOOD FIGURE OF THE SEATED VIRGIN,GUILDING AND PAINTING TRACES. | © 2013 Sotheby’s

centuriespast: Jean-Antoine Houdon French, 1741–1828 Life mask of the Marquis de Lafayette, 1785 Johnson Museum of Art

centuriespast: “ Jean-Antoine Houdon French, Life mask of the Marquis de Lafayette, 1785 Johnson Museum of Art ”

Demeter, Goddess of the Harvest, with wheat and snakes. Hellenic, terracota relief, third century B.C. Magna Graecia. (snakes were once a goddess symbol of rebirth)

Bas relief of Ceres (Demeter) rising from the ground with sheaves of wheat and poppies, Roman, Augustan period.