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Caryatid vs. Pilaster

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Caryatidnoun

A sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head.

Pilasternoun

A rectangular column that projects partially from the wall to which it attached; it gives the appearance of a support, but is only for decoration.

Caryatidnoun

A draped female figure supporting an entablature, in the place of a column or pilaster.

Pilasternoun

A column or short wing wall attached to the foundation wall which provides lateral support, or to support a vertical load that does not fall on the foundation wall.

Caryatidnoun

a supporting column carved in the shape of a person

Pilasternoun

An upright architectural member right-angled in plan, constructionally a pier (See Pier, 1 (b)), but architecturally corresponding to a column, having capital, shaft, and base to agree with those of the columns of the same order. In most cases the projection from the wall is one third of its width, or less.

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Caryatid

A caryatid ( KARR-ee-AT-id; Ancient Greek: Καρυάτις, pl. 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.

Pilasternoun

a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached

Pilaster

In classical architecture, a pilaster is an architectural element used to give the appearance of a supporting column and to articulate an extent of wall, with only an ornamental function. It consists of a flat surface raised from the main wall surface, usually treated as though it were a column, with a capital at the top, plinth (base) at the bottom, and the various other column elements.

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