– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Erechtheion: Caryatid and Column

Caryatid (South Porch) and Ionic Column (North Porch), Erechtheion on the Acropolis, Athens, marble, 421-407 B.C.E. (British Museum, London); Mnesicles may have been the architect.

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Setareh wrote on Sunday, May 15, 2011

The porch of the maidens (Erechtheion) is absolutely magnificent. Each of the caryatids stand in contrapposto, their weight supported on one leg. As most would know, the weakest part of the figures are their necks. I think it's so brilliant that their necks are strengthened by the ponytail in the back. It adds a sophisticated touch as well. I also love the peplos on the figures because it look so naturalistic as it gathers at the waist and flows over the top. I love the details of the faces of the figures and how feminine yet strong the caryatids look. This would be so amazing to see in person.

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Erechtheion: Caryatid and Column
On the Acropolis, Athens, Greece
421-407 B.C.E.
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