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A carved female figure, usually clad in long robes, serving as a column. They were first used in Greek architecture and the most famous caryatids are on the Erechtheum at Athens (c.421–406 bc). The male equivalent of the caryatid is the atlas; the term canephorae is applied to caryatids supporting baskets on their heads.

Subjects: Art — Architecture.


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