The ears of corn and a poppy were often associated with Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture. The clasped hand motif, however, was known as the 'Dextrarum Iunctio' and, according to Tacitus, symbolised concordia (harmony), friendship, and loyalty (Tacitus, Histories, 1.54.1, 2.8.2). As such it has been used to signify the bond of a married couple.
ProvenanceAzeez Khayat (1875-1943), New York, USA; an antiquities dealer in new York, active 1890s-1920s
Millicent G. Diehl, Sanford, North Carolina, USA; acquired Sotheby's, 18th June 1991