The Townley Caryatid

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
published on 17 June 2016
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In Greek and Roman architecture, Caryatids are female figures that stand in place of columns. This example was found in 1585-90 CE near the Via Appia outside Rome. It was acquired by the Peretti family and was kept at the Villa Peretti Montalto, later Negroni. In 1784 CE, the contents of the Villa was sold and and this Caryatid was afterwards bought by Charles Townley. Roman, circa 140-170 BCE. (The British Museum, London)

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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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