Private Collection [sold, Sotheby's, London, July 12, 1971, lot 142, to French and Company, Inc.]
French and Company, Inc. (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.
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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 109, The Greeks in Southern Italy and Sicily
Sima with Lion's Head Waterspout
Greek (South Italian)
Metapontum, South Italy (Place Created)
Terracotta with polychromy
21.8 × 54.9 × 17 cm (8 5/8 × 21 5/8 × 6 11/16 in.)
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.
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.