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caryatid

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1816,0610.128

  • Description

    Pentelic marble caryatid from the Erechtheion. This is one of six female figures that supported the architrave in the south porch of the Erechtheion. The woman wears a peplos pinned on each shoulder. Her hair is braided and falls in a thick rope down her back. She probably held a sacrificial vessel in one of the missing hands. The weight she bears is taken on the right leg, hidden by perpendicular folds of the garment. The other leg is bent with the drapery clinging to it. The head is surmounted by a capital with a beed and reel and egg and dart moulding. Part of the abacus also survives.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 421BC-406BC
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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 2.28 metres (about)
  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 407 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G19

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1816

  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number

    1816,0610.128


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