Lion's Head Waterspout

Object Details


Lion's Head Waterspout




Greek (South Italian)


South Italy (Place created)


about 450 B.C.




17.5 × 13.6 × 18.5 cm (6 7/8 × 5 3/8 × 7 5/16 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

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Waterspouts in the form of lion's heads lined the eaves of many Classical Greek buildings, especially those in public areas. Used to channel and control the rainwater runoff from the roof, these spouts funneled the water through the lions' open mouths. Sometimes the spouts were carved in one piece with the sima, the gutter-like element that ran along the edge of the roof. Sometimes, as in this example, the spout was carved separately and inserted like a plug into a hole in the sima. The style of the lion's carving indicates that it came from a Greek colony in South Italy or Sicily; the size of the head indicates that it came from a small building.

- 1988

Robin Symes (London, England), sold to Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, 1988.

1988 - 1996

Barbara Fleischman


and Lawrence Fleischman, American, 1925 - 1997 (New York, New York), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

A Passion for Antiquities: Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman (October 13, 1994 to April 23, 1995) (66)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu), October 13, 1994 to January 15, 1995
  • The Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland), February 14 to April 23, 1995

True, Marion, and Kenneth Hamma, eds. A Passion For Antiquities. Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman, exh. cat. (Malibu: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994), p. 150, cat. no. 66.

"Museum Acquisitions Between July 1, 1996, and June 30, 1998." The Report of the J. Paul Getty Trust (1997-98), p. 63.

Grossman, Janet Burnett. Looking at Greek and Roman Sculpture in Stone (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), pp. 66, ill.