The J. Paul Getty Museum

Sima with Lion's Head Waterspout

Object Details

Title:

Sima with Lion's Head Waterspout

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

Greek (South Italian)

Place:

Metapontum, South Italy (Place Created)

Date:

425–400 B.C.

Medium:

Terracotta with polychromy

Object Number:

71.AD.449

Dimensions:

21.8 × 54.9 × 17 cm (8 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 6 11/16 in.)

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Object Description

In the center of this sima (a projecting molding from the edge of a roof) is a waterspout fashioned in the shape of a lion's head. The lion’s mouth is open, revealing its teeth, and its tongue projects. The head is surrounded by a thick mane. On either side are inverted lotus and half-palmettes in relief.

Provenance
Provenance
-1971

Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 12, 1971, lot 142, to French and Company, Inc.]

1971

French and Company, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Bibliography
Bibliography

Sotheby's, London. Sale cat., July 12, 1971, p. 54, lot no. 142, ill. opp. p. 54.

Mertens-Horn, Madeleine, Die Loewenkopf-Wasserspeier des griechischen Westens im 6 und 5 Jahrhundert v. Chr., Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archaeologischen Instituts, Roemische Abteilung, supp. 28, 1988, p. 154, 205, ill. pl. 80, cat. no. 74.