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the famous 5th century BC caryatids from the Acropolis of Athens have inspired countless replicas and variations around the world - eg. Chicago Field Museum Caryatid Type II | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

the famous 5th century BC caryatids from the Acropolis of Athens have inspired countless replicas and variations around the world - eg. Chicago Field Museum Caryatid Type II | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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. Apparently you can go even further by calling this a "canephora" (basket-bearer) due to the basket on her head! (Acropolis, Athens)

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. Apparently you can go even further by calling this a "canephora" (basket-bearer) due to the basket on her head! (Acropolis, Athens)