The 6 Karyatids were the dominant feature of the Porch on the south side of the Erechtheion on the Akropolis in Athens and supported the entablature and the roof of the building, facing towards the north side of the Parthenon. The Erechtheion, named after Erechtheios, legendary king of Athens, was constructed in the last quarter of the fifth century BC and was a complex and intricate building, housing a shrine to Athena and to her uncle Poseidon.
This draped female figure has an elaborately stylised hair, symmetrically arranged, surmounts the cascade of U-shaped catenary folds described by the cloak. Karyatids were associated with the goddess Artemis.
Between 1790 and 1830 all over Europe neo-classical architecture was popular. Various buildings copied Greek temples and porticoes and thus glorified themselves. For example you can find a copy of Athenian Karyatids in London on the exterior porch of St Pancras New Church on the Euston Road.
She is cast for us, in Greece, using the traditional 'lost wax' method. As nothing is mass-produced, there will inevitably be slight variations in patination and colouring. Each piece is, therefore, unique.
Shown here with her larger version:
bronze Karyatid (mini)
- Code: BS-42
- Status: In Stock
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