From the Acropolis, Athens, around 420 BC.

Caryatid from the Erechtheion.

Caryatids were female figures which served in place of colomns for large structures, such as temples. This caryatid is one of six others that held up the roof of the temple on the Acropolis known as the Erechtheion.

It is widely believed that the name ‘caryatid’ derives from the young Spartan women who danced every year in honor of Artemis Karyatis.

British Museum, London