Ancient garden from Babylon to Rome

Drainpipe with leonine protome
Institute and Museum of the History of Science

Drainpipe with leonine protome

White marble, 1st cent. A.D.
Provenance unknown
Soprintendenza Archeologica di Pompei, inv. 44241

Water gushed from the open jaws. Drainpipes, usually made of terracotta, were used to drain water from the sloping roofs of peristyles or into the impluvium in the atrium.