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Bronze, authentic cast. Marked on lower right on plinth: “Benda B.” From the certificate of origin: "During his lifetime, Břetislav Benda was called 'the female body sculptor' by his contemporaries – sculptor colleagues and art experts. This moniker was apt, as female figures comprise the core of his extensive oeuvre of over one hundred life-size and larger-than-life statues, dozens of portraits, and several hundred smaller sculptures. Jiří Kotalík described the statue of Demeter, the Greek goddess of plenty, as 'aiming towards an idealistically-toned allegory in a frontal, static pose, holding an ear of grain in her left hand.' The statue has been exhibited many times and was awarded a gold medal at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925. A photograph of the statue was published in domestic and international media." Ref.: Author's archive. Jiří Kotalík, Břetislav Benda, Odeon, 1982, p. 86. Břetislav Benda, Bronz a kámen, Melantrich, 1972, 1977, 1982. Collective works of Břetislav Benda Jr., Život a dílo, 2015. M. Burian and col., Břetislav Benda sochař republiky, Military History Institute Prague, 2015. Article by M. Wollfa, Mezinárodní výstava dekorativního umění v Paříži 1925 – Břetislav Benda, In: Umělci současnosti [magazine], 1926.