Caryatid (5th Century B.C.)




Athenian Caryatid 78" H x 15" W x 15" D (Left)
Cast in Fiberglas

$1,344 (less Internet discount of $224 = $1,120

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CARYATID (5th century B.C.)
A rectangle surrounded by supporting columns was the customary shape of a Greek temple. The Erechtheum on The Acropolis at Athens was an exception. Among its many unusual features was a porch whose architrave was supported by six carved maidens instead of the customary columns. The sight of maidens supporting a great weight of stone might have offended the Athenians if the sculptor had been less skillful. In the carving of each of the maidens, caryatids as they are architecturally called, he depicted a tranquil composure and a display of flowing grace through the sculpting of the deep folds of the clinging garments. To offset the feeling of burdensome weight he allowed the folds of the garment over the weight sustaining leg to fall with a straightness that resembled the fluting of a column while the inner leg appears comfortably relaxed. Each maiden differs slightly from the others. One was taken to The British Museum as part of "The Elgin Marbles." The remaining five have now been replaced by reproductions; the originals have been placed in The Acropolis Museum to save them from destruction through air pollution.