Ancient garden from Babylon to Rome

Statuette of a lion
Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Statuette of a lion

White marble, 1st cent. A.D.
Pompeii, provenance unknown
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, inv. 44694

On the back is a groove for inserting a pipe, probably made of lead, which arrived at the lion's mouth, where the water spurted out. Statues of animals, often used as fountains, are commonly found in the sculptural decoration of gardens.