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Caryatid Columns on Flickr.Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL
Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is housed within the last remaining structure from the Chicago World’s Fair.  The Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum’s current building, was constructed in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition, which opened the same year.  The original, Greek-inspired structure includes three pavilions and Ionic order columns.
The female figures shown here are known as “Caryatids”.  A caryatid 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 karyatides literally 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”

Caryatid Columns on Flickr.

Museum of Science and Industry - Chicago, IL

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry is housed within the last remaining structure from the Chicago World’s Fair. The Palace of Fine Arts, the Museum’s current building, was constructed in 1893 for the World’s Columbian Exposition, which opened the same year. The original, Greek-inspired structure includes three pavilions and Ionic order columns.

The female figures shown here are known as “Caryatids”. A caryatid 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 karyatides literally 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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