- a sculptured female figure used as a column.Compare atlas(def 5).
Origin of caryatid
Examples from the Web for caryatid
The one on this side is resigned, and as beautiful as a caryatid.Rodin: The Man and his Art
She stands in the field like a caryatid, like a symbol of fertile nature.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
I do not know its history, though some one assured me that it was a caryatid.The Near East
It stood probably in the portico and may have served as a Caryatid.
A restricted use of the Caryatid Porch is a certain inference from the following facts.
- a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figureCompare telamon
Word Origin and History for caryatid
"carved female figure used as a column," 1560s, from Middle French cariatide, from Latin caryatides, from Greek Karyatides (singular Karyatis) "priestesses of Artemis at Caryae" (Greek Karyai), a town in Laconia where dance festivals were held in Artemis' temple.