Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Aug 2013: Two Greek Ladies

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wandering around, I find myself in the main entrance hall and decide to head up
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and I notice this lovely young lady
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She is a caryatid. I quote from wiki
A caryatid (/kæriˈætɪd/; Greek: Καρυάτις, plural: Καρυάτιδες) is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head. The Greek term karyatidesliterally means "maidens of Karyai", an ancient town of Peloponnese. Karyai had a famous temple dedicated to the goddess Artemis in her aspect of Artemis Karyatis: "As Karyatis she rejoiced in the dances of the nut-tree village of Karyai, those Karyatides, who in their ecstatic round-dance carried on their heads baskets of live reeds, as if they were dancing plants"
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the hand is outstretched…sadly disfigured fingers
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Solidly patrician figures…very very classically beautiful, just look at that profile…and that enchanting lower lip.
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now you can see the shapely fingers..
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People have been touching her, you can see her feet and toes are all disfigured.
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She dates back to Roman times, AD 14-170 and was found near the Via Appia outside Rome.
I move on up…
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and see this other statue
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the fingers look strange, bit fat and strangely thin
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this hand looks ok
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bit bland…not much character, is there>
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not that impressive
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the clothes also arent that well sculpted.
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the feet are more interesting though, more natural.
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hmmm, quite curios, these two statues…one is brilliant while the other is barely pedestrian…

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