This is a piece that Ramesh found in the back room of John’s studio. He asked about it and it had a very interesting story. John had been contacted by an official in a town in Greece who asked him to cast a demo for a large statue to be commissioned that depicted a period in Greece history. It was a dark period when Macedonia was experiencing a great famine. Food was so scarce that families were compelled to destroy their infant children so that there were fewer mouths to feed. The statue depicts a mother as she steps up to the cliffs to throw her infant child into the sea.
The life-size statue was never commissioned. Other officials did not want this period of history to be brought to light. John simply kept the statue that was to be the basis for the commissioned work in his storeroom.
Ramesh purchased the statue because it spoke to him. He observed that the mother’s face is turned away from the child. He feels that mothers are always looking toward their infants and their children. That they seek the face of their little one. But this mother, who must make a great sacrifice for the lives of the rest of her family, cannot look into the face of her child.