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Caryatid greek alabaster statue

Handmade alabaster statue of the Caryatid

Handmade greek alabaster statue of a Caryatid, the world famous columns of the  Erechtheion, the ancient temple on the Acropolis of Athens. Exceptional souvenir from Greece!

A Caryatid 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. In the Ancient Greek language the term karyatides literally means maidens of Karyai, an ancient town on the Peloponnese.

The most renowned and most-copied examples are those of the six figures of the Caryatid porch of the Erechtheion, the ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece, which was built between 421 and 406 BC and designed by the Greek architect Mnesicles. The temple was dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon.

The original five of those six figures, which are replaced onsite by replicas, are now on permanent display at the Acropolis Museum on a special balcony that allows visitors to view them from all sides. The sixth figure was removed by Lord Elgin in the early 19th century and is now in the British Museum in London.

In ancient Greece many of the statues and architectural sculpture were colourfully painted in a way that is described as ''polychrome'' (deriving from the Greek words many and colour)? However, due to intensive weathering and other effects on the stone, the ''polychromy'' on Ancient Greek sculpture and architecture has substantially or totally faded, leading the scientists for centuries to believe that the statues were originally totally white.

***Please notice that any differences of colour, form and painting between the images and the products received are due to the fact that the items are 100% handmade. ***



6 x 25 x 6 centimeters
2.36 x 9.84 x 2.36 inches




White - Blue


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