Saturday, April 17, 2010

Caryatids, Acropolis Museum, Greece

Experimenting with the placement of the Caryatids in the new Acropolis Museum

postmarked in 2010 with a great Unicef stamp from Greece

(thank you to the person who sent this as a gift postcard :)

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A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature (moldings and bands which lie horizontally above column) on her head.

The Acropolis Museum is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built to house every artifact found on the rock and on its feet, from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. It also lies on the archaeological site of Makrygianni and the ruins of a part of Roman and early Byzantine Athens.

The museum was founded in 2003 while the Organisation of the Museum was established in 2008. It opened to the public on June 21, 2009. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres.

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