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Dress and ornament in Ancient Greece

A caryatid

Height: 231.000 cm

GR 1816.6-10.128 (Sculpture 407)

A caryatid

From: Athens, Greece,
Date: around 420 BC

This strong young woman and her five sisters once held up part of the roof of the Erechtheion temple. Female statues used like this are called caryatids.

She is wearing a simple loose tunic, probably made of wool, called a peplos. It was pinned on each shoulder and draped over a belt around the waist. Actual clothing from ancient times rarely survives, so sculpture is an important way to find out what people wore.