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Caryatid Relief Recreation

Caryatid Relief Recreation
Caryatid Relief Recreation (about 2 3/4 inches by 1 inch, resin cast). The Erechtheion is an ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis of Athens in Greece. On the south side, there is another large porch with columns, and on the south, the famous "Porch of the Maidens", with six draped female figures (caryatids) as supporting columns, each sculpted in a manner different from the rest and engineered in such a way that their slenderest part, the neck, is capable of supporting the weight of the porch roof while remaining graceful and feminine. The porch was built to conceal the giant 15-ft beam needed to support the southwest corner over the metropolis, after the building was drastically reduced in size and budget following the onset of the Peloponnesian war (Wikipedia).

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