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    Caryatid - Statuary

    A caryatid is a sculpted column or pilaster representing a female figure used as a supporting architectural element. Caryatids are often used in place of traditional columns to support a structure such as an entablature, balcony or canopy. They are usually carved full-length, representing a woman dressed in draped clothing.

    Here are some characteristics and information about caryatids:

    Origin: The term "caryatid" originated in Ancient Greece. Caryatids take their name from the women of the town of Caryes, in southern Greece, who are said to have supported the roof of Apollo's temple by carrying baskets on their heads.
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    STONE ART -  - Caryatid
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    KERYM -  - Caryatid

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    ... Caryatids fulfil a structural function by supporting part of a building. They are often placed in series, used at regular intervals to support a horizontal structure.
    Female representation: Caryatids generally depict women in dresses, often with draped folds running around their bodies. They may be sculpted in different poses, holding symbolic objects or adopting dancing positions.
    Symbolism: Caryatids can represent divinities, nymphs or mythological figures. They can also symbolise qualities such as strength, beauty or femininity.
    Materials and techniques: Caryatids can be sculpted in different materials, such as stone, marble, wood or metal. They can be carved in relief, attached to a support, or in the round, entirely carved and detached from the background.
    Use in classical architecture: Caryatids are often associated with classical architecture, particularly in the Greek and Roman periods. They are also used in other architectural styles inspired by Antiquity, such as Neoclassicism.
    Influence in the visual arts: Caryatids have also been a source of inspiration for artists, and have been depicted in paintings, engravings and other forms of visual art.
    Preservation and restoration: Due to their exposure to weather and wear, historic caryatids may require appropriate restoration and preservation to maintain their artistic integrity.
    Caryatids are valued for their sculptural aesthetics and their decorative and functional role in architecture. They are considered elegant ornamental elements and can add an artistic dimension to a building. 

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