Meaning of ATLAS in English


Male figure used as a column to support an entablature , balcony, or other projection, originating in Classical architecture.

Such figures are posed as if supporting great weights, like Atlas bearing the world. The related telamon of Roman architecture, the male counterpart of the caryatid , is also a weight-bearing figure but does not usually appear in an atlas pose.

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