height: 14 cm; length: 25 cm
second quarter of the 4th century B.C.
Rainwater drained off the roofs of buildings through figural waterspouts placed at regular intervals. These usually had the shape of a lion’s head, with water flowing from the animal’s mouth. Such “taps” were also placed on the public fountains that provided households with water. This piece was unearthed at one of Corinth’s central fountains, the Glauke Fountain.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the water spout was made of Pentelic marble. Click here for the detailed results.