H: 10 1/2" Cold Cast Marble-like Resin highlighted with gold leaf, Derek W. Frost, sculptor
In the Olympian pantheon of classical Greek Mythology, Hera was the wife and older sister of Zeus. Her chief function was as goddess of women and marriage. In Roman mythology, Juno was the equivalent mythical character. The cow, and later, the peacock were sacred to her. In this sculpture she is attended by a peacock.
Hera was known for her jealous and vengeful nature, most notably against Zeus's paramours and offspring, but also against mortals who crossed her. Hera's importance in the early archaic period is attested by the large building projects undertaken in her honor. The temples of Hera in the two main centers of her cult, the Heraion of Samos and the Heraion of Argos in the Argolid, were the very earliest monumental Greek temples constructed, in the 8th century BC.
The quality of the casting of this figurine is excellent, with good detail, and the cold cast resin has a natural sheen and weight while the gold leaf adds dramatic contemporary highlights.
(some information adapted from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia)