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REFERENCE: Caryatid

CARYATID

(H)adrian's Villa
Tivoli, Italy
photograph 2012









A caryatid (/kæriˈætɪd/; Greek: Καρυάτις, plural: Καρυάτιδες) is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head.
The Greek term karyatides literally means "maidens of Karyai", an ancient town of Peloponnes.
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