Bronze water spouts in the form of lion masks

Period: Late Hellenistic or Early Imperial

Date: ca. 100 B.C.–A.D. 100

Culture: Greek or Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: .5677: 5 1/8in. (13cm)
.5678: 5 1/8 x 6 1/2 in. (13 x 16.5 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: The Cesnola Collection, Purchased by subscription, 1874–76

Accession Number: 74.51.5677, .5678


These impressive objects must have adorned a monumental public fountain house (nymphaeum), probably in one of the more important Cypriot cities. The heads are attached to a bronze tube, encased in lead, of about 2 3/4 inches (7 cm) in length.