December 15, 2011

Caryatids


On the ground in front of the building on 116 Huntington Avenue in Boston is a plaque which reads:

The CARYATIDS that support the arch over the large
oculus of this building were designed by Boston Artist,
Syma. The figures reference the original sculpted
Caryatids who supported the pediment of the Temple of
Diana in ancient Greece. Diana was the Greek
Goddess of dance and dreams. Seven stars adorn each
panel, a reference to the Pleiades, which, according to
Greek Mythology, were the seven Caryatids or
priestesses of Diana who were places among the stars
by Zeus. Each of the stars has six points, a
traditional symbol of harmony and transformation.
The waves underfoot recall 19th century Back Bay,
once covered with water.

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