Classical Contrasts 22 – Caryatids

A caryatid is a sculpted female figure used as an architectural support; she takes the place of a column with an entablature resting on her head. The Greek term karyatides means “maidens of Karyai”, an ancient town in the Peloponnese.

Figures: Caryatids, Coade & Sealy, 1793, Coade stone; origin Buckingham House, Pall Mall, London.

Caryatids 1, Anglesey Abbey
Caryatids 2, Anglesey Abbey
Caryatids 3, Anglesey Abbey
Caryatids 4, Anglesey Abbey
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