Archaistic Caryatid from Tralles

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 13 May 2018

Statue in the form of a Caryatid in the Archaistic Style shows a standing woman. The right arm hangs by her side and holds her himation. The left arm is raised (the distal part is now lost) as if she intends to carry the load of an architrave (which would have been placed on her cylindrical headdress or polos). The details of the chiton and her hair were exquisitely carved. Although the overall depiction refers to a Caryatid, it should not be assumed that this statue was originally made as an architectural element of a building. Marble. Early Roman Period, 1st century CE. From Tralles, Aydin, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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