1. Rear view of the Caryatids from the south porch of the Erechtheion. c. 415 BC (Acropolis Museum- Athens).
2.Copy of original Caryatids in the Erechtheion (Acropolis - Athens ).
3. Original Caryatids in the British Museum, it was located in the empty space in the first image (London).
In Greek mythology, the walnut appears in the story of Carya, with whom the god Dionysus fell in love. Carya was a daughter of the Laconian king Dion and Amphithea, daughter of Pronax. When visiting King Dion, the god Dionysus fell in love with Carya and secretly lay with her. After falling in love with her, he soon returned. Carya’s sisters tried to keep the god from her, but this was a violation against the gods, so he struck both her sisters with madness. They went to Mt Tagyetus and became rocks and Carya was turned into a walnut tree. The goddess Artemis carried the news to Carya’s father and commanded that a temple be built in her memory. Its columns, sculpted in wood in the form of young women, were called caryatides, or nymphs of the walnut tree - so the tree furnished the image for a famous Greek architectural form