Pentelic marble caryatid: a woman dressed to take part in religious rites. In a style adapted from Athenian work of the 5th century BCE. One of a group of five surviving caryatids found at the site, arranged to form a colonnade in a Sanctuary, most probably of Demeter (also Isis has been suggested, cf. Cook 2011, nr. 264:
‘A Statue of Isis, six feet six inches high; upon the head is the calyx of the Lotus, the symbol of this deity; The rose, chaplets, and other emblems of production are placed on other parts of the head; It is draped in a similar manner to the statue of Libera’). The Sanctuary was built on land owned by Regilla, wife of Herodes Atticus. We ought not to forget that Regilla was a priestess of Demeter and that her husband, at her death, dedicated her garments and jewelry at the Sanctuary in Eleusis (cf. Jennifer Tobin, Herodes Attikos and the City of Athens: Patronage and Conflict under the Antonines; Walter Ameling, Herodes Atticus, 2 voll; B. F. Cook, The Townley Marbles)
(The so called ‘Townley Caryatid’, now in the British Museum…)